ISLAMABAD, Sep 30 (APP): Director General Pakistan Museum for Natural History (PMNH) Dr. Muhammad Rafique said “Pakistan has around 200 species of Ungulates which are normally known as “Big Mammals” among which few are critically endangered.

Talking to APP here on Monday he said that PMNH is the only one of its kind in the country which is a source of education for thousands of the students and researchers who visit it on daily basis. The museum is also playing vital role in preservation of the rare species which include Brown Bear, Snow leopard, Yak, Black Bear.

He added that aiming at preservation of the engendered mammals species to transfer the knowledge of this natural asset to the next generations PMNH provides a comfortable environment and maximum facilitation to conduct study on different species. “It will also sensitize new generations about their role for reducing climatic damages to keep the ecosystem alive”, he said.

He added that we have signed different Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with Zoos across the country and are working on research and conservation of zoological life”.

He said our team of experts is also working on preservation of the skeleton of Female Rhinoceros and skin of male Rhino died at Bahawalpur and also of an elephant died in Islamabad Zoo few months ago. The specimen of these animals will be displayed after a chemical procedure for their durable preservation, he added.

The DG said PMNH is the only institute which has skilled scientists and researchers as well as equipped laboratories to chemically treat and preserve different species belonging to the world of natural history. Around 40, 00,000 students, researchers and families annually are visiting the museum.

He was of the view that such museum facility should be extended to the provincial levels also so that the local people of those areas can get awareness about the importance of natural history and its preservation.

VNS Islamabad