STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animal Science Lahore in collaboration with the WWF-Pakistan has recently observed International Vulture Awareness Day in order to create awareness about the importance of vultures in our ecosystem.
Speaking on the occasion, Dean Faculty of Fisheries and Wildlife UVAS Prof Dr Muhammad Akram said that welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature and to the co-existence of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants.
He said that there is a need for collective efforts to save all species including vultures hovering on the brink of extinction.
He said that realizing the importance of biodiversity, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore launched the first ever Department of Wildlife and Ecology in the country to have a grassroots approach to preserve biodiversity of Pakistan.
WWF-Pakistan Conservation Assistant Manager Hassan Ali spoke about “vulture crisis” in Pakistan and WWF Conservation Coordinator Uzma Saeed about “vulture restoration” in Pakistan. Prof Dr Sharif Mughal also spoke on the occasion.
A documentary titled “Missing Vultures” and a seminar comprising talks of experts about vulture crisis and vulture restoration activities in Pakistan were the main features of the day.