The province of Sindh is gifted with a riverine system along Indus River, irrigated plains, sandy deserts, Indus Delta, mudflats and a vast network of inland lakes and mountains, as well as 322 species of birds, 107 of reptiles, 82 of mammals, 10 Ramsar sites, 13 game reserves and 33 wildlife sanctuaries.
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First National Park of Sindh – Kirthar National Park
After 46 years of the establishment of the first National Park of Sindh, the government of Sindh has decided to establish a second national park in the province. Kirthar National Park was established in Sindh in 1974.
Takkar National Park – The Second National Park of Sindh
The decision of establishing the National Park was finalized after the Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) approved a proposal and agreed to sponsor the project.
Features of the Takkar National Park
Takkar National Park will sprawl over 17,540 acres of land in Kot Diji taluka, Sukkur district, with topographical features comprising mountains, plains and deserts.
Flora and Fauna of the Takkar National Park
The location chosen for establishing the national park is quite rich in biodiversity. The fauna and fauna includes foxes, jackals, jungle cats, chinkara deer, houbara bustard, falcons, among other animal species, besides abounding in vegetation.
Importance of Takkar National Park
- There is no human settlement near the site of the park. This will help with the population growth of the flora and fauna.
- It is one of the most beautiful sites featuring natural landscape which will and eventually boost tourism.
- The area was rich in history, cultural and biodiversity.
- The National Park is surrounded by the Rohri hills and Lakhyan Jo Daro, and if preserved, it will attract tourists, as well as researchers.
- The establishment of the park will curb illegal excavation in the region.
- This establishment will result in the reintroduction of several lost animal species.
- The new scheme is Eco-friendly and holds immense cultural importance according to its location.
- This will also curb the illegal trade of birds and animals.
Image: Kirthar NP