Pakistan has 225 Protected Areas (PAs), 14 national parks, 99 wildlife sanctuaries, and 96 game reserves. It is a land of rapidly shrinking wetlands, some of them of international significance, of wondrous juniper forests, of minute life forms that buzz their way to a magical existence, of stunning mountains, and much more. Pakistan covers a number of the world's ecoregions, ranging from the mangrove forests stretching from the Arabian Sea to the towering mountains of the western Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Karakoram. The country lies at the western end of the South Asian subcontinent, and its flora and fauna are composed of a blend of Palearctic and Indomalayan elements, with some groups also containing forms from the Ethiopian region.
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