Recent camera trap image shows that a family of three leopards lives in the Margalla Hills

With wild animals,  pheasants are also benefitting from the lockdown and are venturing into lower grounds. 

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Photo by IWMB

According to the National Park, Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), there resides a family of three leopards in the Margalla Hills. The recent images have shown a big male leopard along the hiking track, which has never been seen before.

Not only the leopards, but other wild animals including fox, martins, porcupines, barking deer, jackals and wild boars were also seen on the treks as humans are confined to their humans amid COVID-19 lockdown.

Speaking to a local news outlet, IWMB Chairman Dr. Anis Rehman said that as humans crowded the trekking trails, the habitat of these animals was taken away from them. Now they are breathing fresher air.

“This was the habitat that was taken away from them. Not only have they been breathing cleaner air but enjoying the freedom of movement. It is so rare to spot an animal as iconic as the leopard. Because the preying species of the leopard are being well protected by our staff, the leopard is flourishing,” Anis said.

Commenting on one of the snaps in which a fox was seen carrying a plastic bottle in its mouth, Anis said that they are cleaning up the mess left behind by humans. He said that with wild animals,  pheasants are also benefitting from the lockdown and are venturing into lower grounds.

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