Wild Animals Photographed in Afghanistan

Remote cameras placed in Afghanistan have captured images of various wild animals, proving they can persist even in a country where war has caused enormous amounts of destruction. The cameras recorded the presence of a Persian leopard (above), red fox, lynx, a wild cat, a Eurasian wolf, one stone marten and two poachers.

wild cat

(Wild cat, WCS Afghanistan)

Persian leopards were believed to have disappeared from the Hindu Kush’s central highlands. Other animals such as ibex and urial were deduced to be present in the same area because the big cats would likely require them to eat and maintain their populations, though the prey animals were not caught on camera. The total number of Persian leopards in the world could be less than 1,200 and they are believed to be declining.

red fox

(Red fox, WCS Afghanistan)

“We were sobered by the fact that the cameras also took photographs of local people walking past with guns. Poaching is still a very real threat, and WCS is committed to helping the Afghan government and local communities protect these rare and beautiful animals,” said Pete Zahler a WCS representative for Asia. (Source: MongaBay)

stone marten

(Stone Marten, WCS Afghanistan) 

The Hindu Kush is a very large mountain range stretching about 500 miles from central Afghanistan to northern Pakistan. Its highest peak is slightly over 25,000 feet above sea level. The average altitude is about 14,700 feet. Some of the very high mountain passes were used by U.S. military forces during the invasion of Afghanistan.

poachers

(Poachers, WCS Afghanistan)

Image Credits: WCS Aghanistan Program and HK, public domain/Wiki Commons

 

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57 comments

Aimee A.
Aimee A.4 years ago

Very cool except for the poachers. Thanks for posting!

Kimberly McMahen
Kimberly McMahen4 years ago

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
~ Chief Seattle

Dan and Tina Partlow
Daniel Partlow4 years ago

God bless and save all our wildlife world wide!

JoAnn Gerfen
JoAnn Gerfen4 years ago

Unbelievable that animals could possibly exist in this environment that is hostile in every way. May these creatures survive now or they will vanish from the earth!

Alexis F.
Alexis F.4 years ago

Now, if those poachers were to go extinct, that would be an excellent thing.

JE L.
Jane L.4 years ago

Thanks.

Carmen S.
Carmen S.4 years ago

great pictures, thanks

Jeni Greenwood
Jennifer G.4 years ago

Beautiful pics!

Linda J.
Linda J.4 years ago

Great photos. Animals will be the only survivors when we humans are no longer around - hopefully!

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures