Markhor (Scientific Name: Capra falconeri) (1/10)

This stunning animal is also the national animal of Pakistan, and what a shame is it that it is already red listed, meaning it is endangered to become extinct. Found in locations as exotic as themselves, Markhor can be seen in Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan, Hunza, Kashmir, and the area of Chitral bordering with Afghanistan. These mammals already have a life span of around 12 to 13 years, over the top of which they are coveted by hunters from all over the world. In January 2019, Americans paid $92,000 to the Pakistan’s government to be allowed to hunt a Markhor. Although Pakistan has made hunting Markhor illegal, there is one scheme, called the “trophy hunting’ whereby a hunting trophy license is issued to the highest bidder and allows for hunting a single Markhor. 80 percent of this bidding money is distributed among the local community, and 20 percent is kept by the wildlife department.

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