Islamabad: The coronavirus-led downturn in human activity in the Margalla Hills has provided various wildlife species including leopards – a critically endangered big feline species local to the region – the opportunity to leave their hideouts and make a rare appearance, a news source reported.
The limited human activity during the ongoing lockdown period has helped the Wildlife Department learn much more about the dwellers of Margalla Hills National Park than it would have in several years of research, sources claim. The Wildlife authorities, while taking pictures and videos, were able to capture the rare mating dances of birds.
Furthermore, the lockdown also helped the wildlife officials spot several animal species that were thought have disappeared from the region. Currently, the park is home to three leopards, said Islamabad Wildlife Management Board Chairman Dr Anisur Rehman.
The department also noticed a rise in number of monkeys at the park and since the park lacks enough food for them, they were also seen wandering about on roads and private properties in search of food.