PUNJAB PROTECTED AREAS

Share now

Protected Areas

There are 2 national parks, 37 wildlife sanctuaries, and 19 game reserves which are protected to provide sanctuary to wildlife of Pakistan and Punjab. The following chart lists all protected areas of Punjab:

Category Designation Location Protected area
Lal Suhanra National Park National Park Bahawalpur district 87,426 HA
Chinji National Park Chakwal District 6,095 HA
Margalla Hills National Park National Park Rawalpindi district 17,386 HA
Gatwala Game Reserve Game Reserve Faisalabad District 118,106 HA
Abbasia Reserve Forest Game Reserve Rahim Yar Khan District 24,874 HA
Kala Chitta Reserved Forest Game Reserve Attock District 327,680 HA
Rakh Kheri Murat Forest Game Reserve Attock District 13,882 HA
Chapolia reserved Forest Game Reserve Bahawalnagar District 24,357 HA
Rahri Bunglow Game Reserve Bahawalpur District 13,500 HA
Cholistan Game Reserve Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, and Rahim Yar Khan Districts 1,652,420 HA
Kallar Kahar Lake Game Reserve Chakwal District 212 HA
Bhon Fazal Game Reserve Gujranwala District 2,625 HA
Rasool Barrage Game Reserve Gujrat and Jhelum Districts 2,812 HA
Dauluana Game Reserve Jhang District 6,000 HA
Diljabba/Domeli Game Reserve Jhelum, Chakwal District 291,840 HA
Uchhali Lake Game Reserve Khushab District 2,329 HA
Namal Lake Game Reserve Mianwali District 1,200 HA
Thal Game Reserve Muzaffargarh, Jhang Districts 176,128 HA
Khanpur Plantation Game Reserve Rahim Yar Khan District 32,872 HA
Kot Sabzal Game reserve Rajanpur District 25,000 HA
Kathar Game Reserve Rawalpindi district 2,819 HA
Nabi Shah Lake Game Reserve Sargodha District 1,674 HA
Bajwat Game Reserve Sialkot District 14,319 HA
Head Islam Game Reserve Vehari District 7,735 HA
Bahawalpur Plantation Wildlife Sanctuary (WS) Bahawalpur District 1,352 HA
Chak Katora Reserve Forest WS Bahawalpur District 1,323 HA
Lal Suhanra Reserve Forest WS Bahawalpur District 12,600 HA
Cholistan WS Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar Districts 1,633,203 HA
Bhakkar Plantation WS Bhakkar District 5,249 HA
Chak Plantation WS Bhakkar District 5,327 HA
Fateh Major Plantation WS Bhakkar District 3,100 HA
Rakh Ghulaman WS Bhakkar District 10,716 HA
Chumbi Surla WS Chakwal, Jhelum District 138,240 HA
Head Quadirabad WS Gujranwala District 7,040 HA
Daphar Reserve Forest WS Gujrat District 7,126 HA
Shorkot Plantation WS Jhang District 10,079 HA
Jallalpur Sharif WS Jhelum District 5,591 HA
Rakh Kundal WS Jhelum District 7,410 HA
Rajan Shah Plantation WS Layyah District 5,214 HA
Changa Manga Plantation WS Kasur District 12,512 HA
Khanewal Plantation WS Khanewal District 17,823 HA
Jahlar Lake WS Khushab District 42 HA
Jauharabad Plantation WS Khushab District 985 HA
Khabbeki Lake WS Khushab District 700 HA
Mitha Tawana Plantation WS Khushab District 2,758 HA
Sodhi WS Khushab District 14,375 HA
Tehra Plantation WS Lahore District 837 HA
Inayat Reserve Forest WS Layyah District 10,405 HA
Machu Plantation WS Layyah District 10,154 HA
Rakh Kharewala WS Layyah District 14,523 HA
Miranpur Plantation WS Lodhran District 1,899 HA
Chashma Barrage WS Mianwali District 81,750 HA
Harnoli Plantation WS Mianwali District 2,196 HA
Kundian Plantation WS Mianwali District 19,274 HA
Taunsa Barrage WS Muzaffargarh District 9,225 HA
Depalpur Plantation WS Okara District 7,235 HA
Kharar Lake WS Okara District 581 HA
Border Belt WS Narowal District 130 Km long

Table 1.12 Punjab Protected Areas

Figure 1.20 Peacock, Provincial Bird Punjab (Unofficial)

Figure 1.21 Shisham or Indian Rosewood Tree (Provincial Tree)

Figure 1.22 Bhekkar Flower (Justica adhatoda) Provincial Flower

Endangered Flora and Fauna

Punjab urial, blue bull (nilgai), hog deer, spotted deer, Indian mole rat, Indian gerbil, field mouse, Mediterranean Pygmy shrew (the smallest known mammal), Rhesus monkeys, and the mugger crocodiles are believed to be already extinct in Punjab, while the Indus River Dolphin (the blind dolphin), Indian rhinoceros, white-backed vulture, black pond turtle, and gharyal are threatened.

The Western Himalayan temperate forests of northern Punjab are under threat due to the high rate of deforestation.