Reuters: The H5 virus was detected in a backyard in Kabul where it killed 6 birds and in the Bagrami village nearby, where it killed 15, the Paris-based OIE said in a report posted on its website. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 21, 2016 The wildlife-trade monitoring network TRAFFIC warns that hundreds of endangered snow leopards are being killed illegally each year across the high mountain ranges of Asia. Some 4,000 of these elusive big cats are estimated to be living in the wild across 12 countries that sweep around the Himalayan
BBC News: For more than 40 years people believed the elusive Bactrian deer was extinct in Afghanistan, unsurprising considering the conflict across the country in that time. But then, unexpectedly, in 2013, ecologist Zalmai Moheb and a team of researchers caught a glimpse of one. Their findings were recently published and the IUCN, the world conservation union and
News.com.au: “Picturesque” and “Afghanistan” are probably not two words you’d use together. However, in a stunning and remote corner of the country, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink of extinction, giving hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on Earth. Click here to read more
Science Alert: Researchers have spotted the rare Bactrian deer (Cervus elaphus bactrianus) in the wild in Afghanistan for the first time in more than 40 years. Until now, scientists had feared that the dwindling species had become extinct in the region, after two major wars and years of civil conflict. The last time the animals had been surveyed in
Phys.org: Forty years of unrest in Afghanistan left wildlife ecologists uncertain whether one of the region’s rare sub-species of red deer, the Bactrian deer (Cervus elaphus bactrianus), had survived in the country. But recently, for the first time since the 1970s, a survey team led by Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Zulmai Moheb, with colleagues in Afghanistan,