Participants pledge to save the endangered species
DACHIGAM: Celebrations of Hangul week commenced today at Dachigam National Park.
Various DDC members, PRI members, members of Phaak Forum, students from various Schools and civil society members from various areas around Dachigam attending today’s function.
Altaf Hussian, Wildlife Warden, Central Kashmir presided over the function and said that the last viable population of Hangul (Cervus hanglu) in the Indian sub-continent exists only in the protected Dachigam National Park, a vast mountainous 141 sq. km sanctuary on the outskirts of Srinagar, where Hangul grazed in hordes before the start of militancy in 1989. Lately, there have been a few sightings in connected areas outside the park in south Kashmir but their number is believed to be negligible.
He said the Hangul (Cervus Elaphus Hanglu) is mostly found in Kashmir in Dachigan National Park and wildlife sanctuary. It is known for its majestic red coat and two shiny antlers. Recently it was also found that the stag population is on the rise in the valley.
DDC members Ali Mohd Rather, Dr GM Rather and Peer Bilal of Phaak Forum also spoke on the occasion. They assured full support and cooperation from the people for making the ‘Save Hangul Campaign’ a success.