The population of the previously extinct species expanded when 17 black deer were reintroduced in Fort Abbas.
The successful restoration of a rare black deer species into its natural habitat has had positive results, with the formerly extinct animal population rising after 53 years. The Cholistan desert, where black deer were assumed to have originated, was declared extinct in 1967.
According to Zahid Ali, the Bahawalnagar District Wildlife Officer, Punjab Wildlife, with the support of the Pakistan Army, began working on the plan to release deer into the wild in the year 2000.
To rehabilitate the people, pre-release pens were developed with the help of the Pakistan Army. A group of black deer was moved to Khairpur Tamiwali for the first time in November of this year. The pre-release cages are designed to help the animals learn to survive in the wild and keep themselves alive.
The group was moved from Khairpur Tamiwali to a new pre-release facility at Fort Abbas in September 2020 to increase their acclimatisation to the environment. In the end, 17 black deer were released into the wild. To ensure the protection of the animals, different species of natural grass have been cultivated, as well as a monitoring system and checkpoints to deter poachers.