Chinji National Park

Chinji National Park (shortened as Chinji), established in 1987,[1] is a protected area of IUCN category II (national park) located on Sargodha road in Talagang Tehsil, Chakwal District, Punjab, Pakistan. It covers a total area of 6,095 hectares (15,061 acres).[2] Chinji National Park is located close to Salt Range, about 130 km from Islamabad in the south.

Chinji National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Chinji National Park
Map showing the location of Chinji National Park
Chinji is located in north of Khushab and south of Islamabad
LocationTalagang, Chakwal, Salt Range, Punjab, Pakistan
Coordinates33°0′36.87″N 72°29′30.98″E / 33.0102417°N 72.4919389°E / 33.0102417; 72.4919389Coordinates: 33°0′36.87″N 72°29′30.98″E / 33.0102417°N 72.4919389°E / 33.0102417; 72.4919389
Area60.95 km2 (23.53 sq mi)
Elevation2,231 ft (680 m)
Established1987
Visitors?
Governing bodyWildlife and Parks Department,
Government of Punjab (Pakistan)

LandscapeEdit

The area has an elevation imperial of 2,231 feet (680 m). Deeply eroded land of Chinji consists of sandstone to igneous rocks, combined with small deposits of rock salt from the Salt Range. Deep torrential streams and ravines slope into the Soan River, which passes through the area.[citation needed]

ClimateEdit

Average annual rainfall in the area is 537 mm, out of which 308 mm is in the monsoon season from July to September. Maximum temperature is 27 °C in June and minimum is 2.2 °C in January. Frost is common in winter season. Relative humidity can reach up to 80% in monsoon.[citation needed]

WildlifeEdit

The Chinji National Park exhibits the biome of deserts and xeric shrublands and falls in the ecoregion of 'Baluchistan xeric woodlands' (PA1307).[3] The area is characterized to have sub-tropical vegetation with many plant species of importance. The area is also a habitat for threatened species of Urial.[4] as well as Golden Jackal, and grey francolin.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Country Report on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture - Pakistan" (PDF). parc.gov.pk. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Chinji National Park". wdpa.org. World Database on protected Areas. Retrieved 22 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Baluchistan xeric woodlands". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Ovis orientalis vignei". iucnredlist.org. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.

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