Wildlife watching

The fauna of the region is equally diverse. Beside numerous species of Mammals, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles and exotic and endermic Fishes, Snow leopards, Cougar, Himalayan lynx, wolf, Red fox, Brown Bear, Himalayan ibex, Astore Markhore, Musk Deer, Urial Sheep, Marmot, Hare, Hamster, among birds Snow cock, Chukar, Apline chough (red and yellow bill) Eagle, Hawk, Kestrel, Marsh harrier, Grey heron, black silted, pintail little gull, Hill snow carp are found in the area. These species were once abundant but now most of them are either endangered or threatened with extinction.

Flare horn Markhor (Markhor)
Flare horn Markhor (Rochu) is a majestic wild goat with long spiral horn. Markhor is the National animal of Pakistan. Flare hore Markhore is mainly confined to small, scattered population along the Indus and its tributaries in Gilgit-Baltistan,including Haramosh, Danyore, Rahimabad, Juglot and Skandarabad,  It also found along both banks of Indus near Baghicha Roundu.

Himalayan Ibex (Kail)
The local name of Himalayan Ibex is Kail, “Skin Baq” in Balti and Kil in Shina. It is sturdy thickest wild goat. Mature male has large scimitar shaped horns with prominent ridges on the front surface roughly triangular in cross section. The favorite habitat of ibex lies in the higher elevation. Himalayan ibex are distributed throughout the higher mountain ranges of Baltistan in the both Karakuram and Himalayan ranges. They are still plentiful in some valleys of Baltistan i.e. Kharmang, Roundu, Shigar and Khaplu.

Musk Deer (Mushk Nafa)
The Local name of Musk deer is Musk Nafa, It is called Khalaa in Balti and Roz in Shina. They are well known for their musk, which is found under the skin of the abdomen of the male. Musk deer not possess horn. It is associated with sub alpine scrub zone, above coniferous forest. Musk deer are reported to be occurred in the Burgeh Nallah of Skardu, Arindu Basha Shigar, Hoa Nullah Shigar, Baghicha Khomera nullah and Haramosh areas of CKNP.

Laddakh Urial (Urial )
The animal is the longest of all living sheep. Horn of the rams is huge and curled strongly, almost into a circle. Their coats are light brown and are reddish grey with whitish under parts. Urial is widely distributed in trans-Himalayan region at rough and rocky areas. In Baltistan it is distributed in Kharpocho crossing the river Indus from Sarfarang. It is also found in Golap Dumurdo area Upper Braldo Shigar valley.

Snow Leopard (Cheetah)
The snow leopard is considered most beautiful among the large cats and is well known for its beautiful thick and luxuriant fur. It is fond in the higher mountain ranges of Gilgit-Baltistan. It is also exisits in the inner mountain ranges and inhibitis the southern slopes of the main Himalayan chain. It is also found in the belf of Baghicha Roundu and Basho area.

Himalayan Brown Bear (Bhoura Reach)
The brown bear is one of the rare species in the world which is found in Deosai plain. It is distributed from Kachura Mundur nullah and Shatong nallah in the Deosai plateau and across the whole ranges of Himalayan up to Manthokha nallah. In CKNP it is reported to be found in Arindo and Hoa Nullah Shigar valley.

Golden Marmot
The Golden marmot is widely spread over the whole of the Deosai plain, they leaves in colonies, appearing as large earth mounds with multiple holes. Golden marmot can easily see in Deosai.

BIRD WATCHING:

Himalayan Snow Cock (Raam Chukor)
It is a large stout, high game bird large chicken. Head and neck is dark grey while sides of forehead, ear-covered and throat are white. Himalayan snow cock is widely distributed at relatively highly elevation. It is preferable inhabits the shrubby areas at the snow belt of mountain of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Chukar Partridge (Chokor)
Chukar partridge is the national bird of Pakistan. It is medium stout game birds. Chukar is widely distributed at relatively low elevation. It preferable inhibits the wheat crops, herbs and shrubs at the field or ground and greener pastures of mountain of Gilgit-Baltistan.