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National Animal

The Markhor

“Animals fill your heart without trying.”

Author Unknown

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Sea turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, trout, shrimps, catfish.


Parakeets, barn owls, black kites, hoopoes, rock pigeons, warblers, falcons, pheasants.

Land mammals:

Foxes, wild boars, bears, wild cats, hyenas, gazelles, deer, ibex. leopards.

Snakes and insects:

Crocodiles, Indian cobras, tortoises, yellow monitors, butterflies, moths.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Animals such as cows, goats, sheep, chickens and fish are sold live in the markets and kept in abysmal conditions. Live chicken cages can be seen on the roads next to the stores selling them. Stray cats and dogs are quite common.

In the

Donkeys, mules and horses are used for transport and transporting goods. Often kept in very poor conditions.

General animal welfare issues

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was instituted in 1890 and goes into depth about what is considered to be animal cruelty.  These laws are mostly overlooked, and rarely enforced, meaning that animals do not get the minimum care they deserve.


Hunting or poaching:

Common animals hunted are rabbits, deer, falcons, markhors, ibex, sheep, wild boars and birds. Trophy hunting for some animals is also common.

Animal fights:

Dogfights are quite common, even though illegal. . Cockfights occur and are still legal

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Paws Facebook Paws Website Pakistan Animal Welfare Society

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:


We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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