Islamabad: Leopards, jackals, boars, and other animals residing at the Margalla Hills National Park have shown increased mobility amid the ensuing COVID-19 lockdown, according to news sources.
The rangers patrolling the area have reported that animals have been seen roaming more freely during this period; due in large part to the absence of hikers and joggers who normally frequent the trails. As per sources, a number of leopards – a normally reclusive animal species – have been sighted on the park’s deserted pathways – in addition to boars and jackals.
The Margalla Hills National Park has been under partial lockdown for about a month and foot traffic remains low. A ranger official said that the area’s wildlife ‘is feeling more comfortable without the crowds’. He said that a survey is being conducted at the facility to take note of some of the new animal species that have been observed.
Assistant Wildlife Director Sakhawat Ali said that the park houses 350 bird, 38 mammal and 34 reptile species (including 27 types of snakes).