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Over 170 rare birds found in Bamyan’s Band-e-Amir lake

Over 170 rare birds found in Bamyan’s Band-e-Amir lake

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Aug 01, 2017 - 21:29

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Researchers of a private organization have found more than 170 different kinds of rare birds in areas around the Band-e-Amir park in central Bamyan province and urged their protection.

Hunting wild animals and birds has long been a huge threat to their lives in Afghanistaninfo-icon, but continued efforts at protecting these animals have resulted in growth of the rare animals and birds in Bamyan province.

In 2014, the Afghan government banned hunting animals and birds in every part of the country and tasked the Ministry of Interior and the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) with implementing the ban.

Nasrullah Jahid, head of Wildlife Protection Organisation (WPO), said his organization had been doing research in Band-i-Amir on different types of birds and wild animals for the past six years.

“We are doing this only for protection of wild animals and we have tasked 18 people in Band-i-Amir for this purpose.”

Jahid said the research by his organization showed over 177 different kinds of rare birds had started living in Band-i-Amir. “There is one rare bird, we call it Fanaj-i-Barfi and this type of bird has not been seen in any place.” He said other rare species included eagle, mountain pigeon, sparrow and many others.

Based on the organization’s findings, dozens of species of wild animals such as mountain deer, Persian leopard, wild cat, bear cat, wolf, fox, rabbit and several other wild mammals lived in the area.

Jahid said hunting was absolutely prohibited in the area and even one couldn’t hunt fish in the Band-e-Amir. He said these restrictions were solely aimed at better conservation of Band-e-Amir National Park in order the animals and birds continue to add to the beauty of the environmentinfo-icon.

Bamyan has natural attractiveness and is home to a lot of historical sites. Of the monuments, the two destroyed Buddha statues, Gholghola city, Zahak Mardosh city, 40 towers of Yakawlang, and seven natural lakes of Band-e-Amir are popular and many of them are on the Worldinfo-icon Cultural Heritage’s list.

Ghulam Hussain, hailing from Koh Kanak area, one of the 14 villages around Band-e-Amir, told Pajhwok Afghan News that since the protection of wildlife was started in the area, the number of deers had increased and they could be seen in groups near the dam.

WPO had also prohibited people from collecting firewood or digging around the dam for cultivating rain-fed lands in order the green environment is kept from being get damaged and the surroundings of the lake remains natural.

Inayatullah, who had come to Band-e-Amir of Bamyan with his family from Herat province for recreation, said the environment of the dam, clear waters and cold weather in summer and a tremendous quite and secure environment were fascinating.

“We had decided to stay for only one or two days; but now it has been a week we are at the national park and actually we don’t have the will to return home soon.”

He said the beautiful nature of the Band-e-Amir National Park was extremely attractive and he had decided to come here every summer with his family.

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