The Department of Environmental Sciences arranged an academic field trip to the Ayubia National Park (one of the protected areas legalized by the Government for Forest and Wildlife conservation) from 16 to 18 December 2016 for its MPhil students. This field trip was the partial requirement of their course ENVR 501: Wildlife, Forestry and Wetland Conservation and Management. It was very helpful as they had an opportunity to learn not only theoretical aspects from the text book but also practical aspects through field demonstration. The aim of this program was to enhance the learning capacity of students through practical experience of wildlife conservation and management. Mr Muhammad Nawaz, Sub-divisional Forest Officer, gave very informative lecture on the wildlife conservation and management strategies at Ayubia National Park. This lecture was followed by field demonstration of common leopard conservation by WWF staff. The students had very good practical experience about their subject contents. In addition, students utilized their time for recreational activities.

Assistant Professor, Dr Sohaib Aslam and Assistant Professor, Dr Derk Bakker accompanied the students on this trip. Financial support for this study trip was provided by the Vice Rector, Dr  Joseph Jones and was greatly acknowledged by all the participants.

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