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Pir Lasora National Park (PLNP), located in district Kotali Azad Kashmir, is on of the most important areas due to its biodiversity and ecology. Several threatened an endangered species of mammals and birds occur in this area including Catreus wallichi (cheer pheasant),

Macaca mulatta (rhesus monkey), Panthera pardus (common leopard) and Axis porcianus (barking deer). In view of presence of these important species in the area, the studies on the biodiversity and ecology of the area are initiated.

The Park is located between 33◦ 25.92 N to 33◦ 29.31 N and 74◦ 05.64 E to 74◦03.202 E in Tehsil Nikial, District Kotli of Azad Kashmir. It mainly consisted of one large and some patches of small hills. The large range extends southeast to northeast while the small range lies in east west position. The Pir Lasora National Park (PLNP) was established by combining the forest compartments 13 to 16, and 30 to 32 with a total area of 1080 ha. It is the 3rd largest national park of the AJ&K declared for protection and conservation of native fauna. PLNP is very close vicinity to line of control, so the park is supposed to provide an excellent shelter site for endemic and migrated species i.e. common leopard and barking deer. The valleys of the park show a typical pattern of subtropical pine forest type vegetation however the tops/mountains follow a sub-tropical dry evergreen forest pattern. As the area is at an elevation of above than 1000m, so it has-been categorized as Cold and Humid Forest with respect to its climate. The average rainfall per annul is 1500 mm. On the North West side of Park, District Kotli is located while on south side Karala Majan and on east side line of control (LOC) is situated.

The most important mammalian species include Macaca mulatta (Rhesus monkey), Panthera pardus (Common Leopard) and Vulpes vulpes (red fox) were recorded. About 49 species of birds belonging to 33genera, 23 families and 8 orders were recorded from Pir Lasura National Park. The Cheer Pheasant (Catreus wallichi) is occurring with a considerable number at the southeastern margins of the park Species of raptors founded include Gyps fulvus (Griffon vulture) Aquila rapax (Tawny eagle) and Neophron percnopterus (Egyptian vulture).

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