HUB DAM WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: THE IDEAL COMFORT ZONE FOR BIRDS, SINDH

Hub Dam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around the Hub Dam in the Baluchistan and Sindh Provinces of Pakistan. It resided near the Khar in Kirthar National Park, and can be conveniently accessed from the Karachi city following M-10 highway and Hub Dam Road.

Hub Dam is the third largest dam of Pakistan, constructed in the year of 1981 on the Hub River in a region of arid plains and low stony hills. Much of the shoreline is steeply shelving and stony, and there are several shallow bays and small islands. It is a great place for water-based activities. Hub Dam is also a tourist resort. On weekends and holidays a huge number of people from the city of Karachi visit for picnicking, swimming and fishing. A WAPDA rest house is also situated here for tourists and visitors stay.

The larger part of this wildlife sanctuary (in Baluchistan) is unprotected; the eastern shore and area south of the Dam (in Sindh) are protected in the Kirthar National Park and Hub Dam Wildlife Sanctuary. The lake formed by the dam covers an area of 32 square miles and is a perfect place for bird watching. There are resident and migratory waterfowl in the lake. The surrounding hills are the home of Urial, Sindh wild goat, Chinkara gazelle, Wolf, Jackal, Common fox, Pangolin and numerous other birds and reptiles.

Fed by river Hub and various rainy mountain streams, Hub Dam Wildlife Sanctuary is created by the Hub Dam. It is a significant staging and wintering area for an appreciable number of water birds and consists of a variety of fish species which increase in abundance during periods of high water. The Mahseer, an indigenous riverine fish found in the Hub River, grows up to 2 meters (9feet) in length and more than 110lbs, and provides for excellent angling.

 

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