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Rare black deer population in Pakistan begins to increase after 53 years

Over a one and half year period, the population of black deer released increased to around 42. The animals are divided into three groups and roam freely over a 30-to-40-kilometer area.

The successful reintroduction of a rare black deer species into its natural habitat has yielded positive results, with the previously extinct animal population increasing after 53 years. In 1967, the Cholistan desert, where black deer were thought to have originated, was declared extinct.

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According to Zahid Ali, the Bahawalnagar District Wildlife Officer for Punjab Wildlife, the plan to release deer into the wild began in the year 2000, with the support of the Pakistan Army.

In November of this year, a herd of Paistan’s rare blackbuck was relocated to Khairpur Tamiwali for the first time. The pre-release cages are intended to teach the animals how to survive and thrive in the wild.

In September 2020, the group was relocated from Khairpur Tamiwali to a new pre-release facility in Fort Abbas to increase their acclimatization to the environment. Finally, 17 black deer were released back into the wild. To ensure the animals’ safety, various species of natural grass have been planted, as well as a monitoring system and checkpoints to deter poachers.

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Another group of 25 black deer were transferred from Lal Suhanra National Park to the Khairpur Tamewali Pre-Release Pen, according to officials. They will be accustomed to the natural environment here, as with the first group, before being released into the Cholistan wilderness after a year.

Pakistan’s rare blackbuck, an indigenous species of black deer commonly known as ‘Kala Hiran,’ for long remained on the verge of extinction due to extensive hunting, particularly by rich Gulf royals.

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