Afghanistan’s First National Park

Afghanistan’s First National Park

Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency has announced the first national park for the nation. It was established with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Society, who provided their expertise to conduct wildlife surveys, identify the park’s boundaries, develop the park management plan, and train local rangers.

The park, known as Band-e-Amir (Dam of the Amir), lies near the Bamyan Valley, the site of the 1,500 giant buddhas destroyed by the Taliban. Located in the Hindu Kush Mountains in Central Afghanistan, the area is famous for its series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine – a rare mineral deposit. The area is host to wildlife including ibex (a species of wild goat) and urial (a type of wild sheep) along with wolves, foxes, and species of birds, including the Afghan snow finch.

About David Rutter

Dave grew up on a small acreage on the outskirts of Sydney, within a stone's throw of the bush. Having spent a large part of his childhood exploring the bush behind the family home, much of his adult life has been spent exploring the world - he has lived in Sweden, traveled much of Europe, travelled in the Pacific and South America, and more recently in Asia. The Australian bush is however, the place where he feels he truly belongs.
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