Woolly Flying Squirrel

Woolly Flying squirrel: Here is the factor: flying squirrels do not really propel themselves by means of the air. As a substitute, they glide, stored aloft by their patagium (the parachute-like pores and skin that webs throughout their limbs). The fragile motion of flight, particularly with out self-propulsion, is best for small rodents, which is why most flying squirrels are between 5 and 12 inches lengthy. The Woolly Flying Squirrel, nonetheless, is an outlier amongst its friends. Standing two ft tall, its bushy tail stretches an extra two ft off its physique. However, the squirrel manages to “fly” gracefully by means of the air – although solely lately did it launch itself again into our consciousness. After being presumed extinct for greater than 70 years, two nature lovers from upstate New York rediscovered the Woolly Flying Squirrel in northern Pakistan in 1995. The mystique surrounding this species of squirrel extends past its decades-long absence and flying skill: in some Pakistani subcultures, its urine is presupposed to be an aphrodisiac and its cry is claimed to herald the dying of a beloved one.

The large Crimson Flying Squirrel (Petaurista petaurista), which is taken into account quite common, lives on an altitude of 1350m to 3050m in Himalayan moist temperate forest, Muree Hills, Neelum Valley, the southern a part of Kaghan valley, within the jap a part of Swat, Deodar forest of decrease Chitral and elements of Dir.

The Small Kashmir Flying Squirrel (Hylopetes fimbriatus), thought of susceptible, is present in Himalayan moist temperate forest of deciduous and coniferous timber, spruce forest in Gilgit, Kohistan area, southern Chitral, Dir, Swat, Muree Hills, Hazara and Azad Kashmir.

The Woolly Flying Squirrel (Eupetaurus Cinereus) is threatened with extinction. It’s, undoubtedly, one of many uncommon mammals on the planet and its current distribution isn’t reliably recognized.

Belour Advisory and Social Improvement Group (BASDO), an area NGO and a member of IUCN-The World Conservation Union, energetic in Northern Areas since 1989 for conservation of nature and pure assets, is at the moment accumulating scientific knowledge on this endangered specie below a venture, entitled “Biodiversity conservation within the websites of the distinctive habitat of Woolly Flying Squirrel in Northern Areas, Pakistan”, financed by the UNDP/GEF/SGP.

Based on the data gathered by BASDO, the animal has been seen by native communities at an altitude of 1600m to 3800m on the excessive mountains of Hindukush (Sai Nallah, Sekwar Nallah, Jutial Nallah, Barmas Nallah, Naupura Nallah, and Kargah Nallah in Gilgit; Singul, Gupis, Karumber valley in Ishkoman and Yasin valleys). Within the Himalayan vary it has been present in Chilas, Nanga Parbat forest in Diamir District and within the Karakoram Vary at Naltar, Hunza, Shimshal and Nagar.

Based on the BASDO discipline ecologist, Abdulla Bai, he has seen it on the altitude of 2600m in Jutial Nallah, south of Gilgit metropolis.

The size of this grey-coloured specie from its nostril to tail is about 3 ft, and its tail is about 1.6 ft lengthy. Its weight is 1.5 to 2kg. A thick woolly sort of sentimental fur is on the physique and tail. The hairs are straight and silky.

The popular meals of this specie is the needles of Blue Pine, Chilghoza Pine, Deodar, Juniper and Spruce timber. It’s nocturnal and glides from mountain to mountain, lives in a sheer mountain caves/holes. An elastic flying membrane is connected to its flanks.

Prof Z.B.Mirza, famend biologist and writer of a number of books on wildlife, Together with, Mammals of West Pakistan, and Illustrated Handbook of Animal Biodiversity of Pakistan, first collected a specimen of this species in 1963 from Sai Valley some 30 kilometres from Gilgit in a mountain spur of Hindukush vary, between Gilgit River and Indus River.

This specimen was lodged within the Punjab College’s Zoological collections. It has additionally been described in Prof Mirza’s guide.

There are three extra specimens of this specie on the planet.

The threats to this species embrace degradation of its habitat as a consequence of massive scale felling of timbers in addition to reducing of numerous Juniper and different Conifer timber – that are additionally protected timber below the Forest Act, 1923 – as gas wooden.

It’s susceptible to predators and human being as native persons are ignorant in regards to the significance of this specie.

Supply by Sharif Imtiaz

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