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Peacocks in peril

By News Desk
March 02, 2024
Peacocks in peril

Peacocks are known for their stunning beauty and graceful demeanour, captivating hearts with their vibrant feathers and elegant dances. Tharparkar, a region famed for its desert landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is home to a significant population of peacocks. Among them are both wild flocks and domesticated birds kept as cherished pets by locals. In the past, the people of Thar demonstrated a strong commitment to conserving these precious creatures, actively opposing illegal practices such as hunting and smuggling that threatened the peacock population.

Sadly, in recent years these majestic birds have fallen victim to a viral disease, leading to the deaths of dozens of birds. The disease reportedly led to the deaths of an estimated 170 birds in 2017. Both wild and domestic birds are affected, indicating the widespread nature of the threat. To avert further tragedy, concerted efforts must be made to investigate the root causes of the disease, implement measures to protect vulnerable populations, and engage communities in conservation efforts. Time is of the essence, and decisive action is needed to ensure that the iconic peacocks of Tharparkar continue to thrive for generations to come.

Fahad Rind