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Rare Deer Surviving Wars

IWrote a lot about animals. I wrote this article about a rare breed of deer that is on the verge of extinction


For 40 years, people believed that the Bactrian deer population had disappeared from Afghanistan. This idea was further strengthened by the long-running armed conflict in the country.

But then suddenly in 2013, environmentalist Zalmai Mohib and a team of researchers spotted the deer.

It was a memorable moment for the lover to tell the story of how this animal and this country still exist, despite all the adversity.

"We said to ourselves, 'Great, this will be the first time in the last 45 years that we have confirmed the deer's presence. Natural resource conservationists have lost hope of seeing this deer again.'
Keep in mind that this deer is also known as Bukhara, eager to live in the trees and bushes on the banks of the river.

This is a rare species of red deer found in Central Asia.

In the 1970s, it was feared that the deer population was on the verge of extinction. At the time, researchers warned that there were only 120 such deer left in Afghanistan.

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Subsequent wars in the country reinforced the fear that the Bactrian deer had become extinct.

According to Mohib, a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts, "At first we weren't very optimistic, but we kept looking for the deer. We finally managed to find it and it was a lot of fun."

He added that when he saw a Bactrian deer, he was hopeful that there would be more deer of this breed in the country.
When Mohib and his team began searching for the deer, they were not overly optimistic because they knew that wildlife would be affected by the ongoing wars in the country.

According to Mohib, "wars have always affected wildlife and the environment. Hunting for food and deforestation were factors that affected Bactrian deer."

Access to weapons meant that anyone was hunting deer, which led to a sharp decline in their numbers.

The deer are found near the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, and experts believe the deer migrated to Tajikistan during the war, which is why they have survived extinction.

Today in Afghanistan, various governmental and non-governmental organizations are working to protect wildlife in different parts of the country.

According to Mohib, Bactrian deer are also found in areas around Afghanistan, including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Mohib says the presence of Bactrian deer is very important for Afghanistan, they are part of the country's natural heritage.

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