Wild Mammalian Diversity in Jammu and Kashmir State

  • Khursheed Ahmad
  • Bilal A. Bhat
  • Riyaz Ahmad
  • Intesar Suhail
Part of the Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation book series (TOBC, volume 18)


This chapter presents an overview of the unique diversity and conservation status of wild mammalian fauna of the Jammu and Kashmir State. The State owing to the diverse habitats, wide altitudinal gradient, and climatic variations, ranging from lowland subtropical Jammu plains, temperate region of Kashmir to high-altitude cold desert of Trans-Himalaya of Ladakh, is home to an impressive faunal diversity, including mammals, many of which are endemic to this Himalayan State. The State possesses 112 species of mammals: including 34 globally threatened with 1 Critically Endangered, 6 Endangered, 12 Vulnerable, and 8 Near Threatened species. Looking ahead, recommendations for better and effective management and conservation of the wild mammalian fauna of the State have been proposed for early implementation.


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We are highly grateful to Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Kashmir, Shalimar, for his help and support. Dr. Zaffar Rais Mir, NPDF Fellow, Division of Wildlife Sciences, SKUAST-Kashmir, is thanked for helping in sorting and formatting of the manuscript. We owe thanks to Rashid Y. Naqash, Department of Wildlife Protection, J&K Government, for providing some historical distribution records of some of the mammals.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Khursheed Ahmad
    • 1
  • Bilal A. Bhat
    • 2
  • Riyaz Ahmad
    • 3
  • Intesar Suhail
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Wildlife SciencesSher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of KashmirSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of KashmirSrinagarIndia
  3. 3.Wildlife Trust of IndiaNoidaIndia
  4. 4.Department of Wildlife ProtectionSrinagarIndia

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