Ajar Valley Nature Reserve
Ajar Valley Nature Reserve is a protected area in Afghanistan, located in Bamyan Province. It was designated a nature reserve in the early 20th century after the Afghan royal family had used the area for hunting. It is considered by the IUCN to be one of the most important natural areas of Afghanistan and was proposed for a national park in 1981. Poaching is still a problem in the valley and protection has been implicated by war. Especially threatened is the ibex population.
- Shackleton, David M. (January 1997). Wild sheep and goats and their relatives: status survey and conservation action plan for caprinae. International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Species Survival Commission. Caprinae Specialist Group. p. 206. ISBN 978-2-8317-0353-4. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
- "Rangelands of Band‐I‐Amir and Ajar Valley, Bamian Province, Afghanistan" (PDF). Society for Range Management. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
- The Atlantic.com: "The Valley of Kings", April 2004.
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