Chinji National Park
|Chinji National Park (Chinji)|
|Elevation||2,231 ft (680 m)|
|Area||60.95 km2 (24 sq mi)|
|Biome||Deserts and xeric shrublands|
|Geology||Igneous rock, Sandstone|
|Management||Wildlife and Parks Department,
Government of Punjab (Pakistan)
|IUCN category||II - National Park|
Chinji National Park (shortened as Chinji), established in 1987, is a protected area of IUCN category II (national park) located in Talagang Tehsil, Chakwal District, Punjab, Pakistan. It covers a total area of 6,095 hectares (15,061 acres). Chinji National Park is located close to Salt Range, about 130 km from Islamabad in the south.
The area has an elevation imperial of 2,231 feet (680 m). Deeply eroded land of Chinji consists of sandstone to igneous rocks, combined with small deposits of rock salt from the Salt Range. Deep torrential streams and ravines slope into the Soan River, which passes through the area.
Average annual rainfall in the area is 537 mm, out of which 308 mm is in the monsoon season from July to September. Maximum temperature is 27°C in June and minimum is 2.2°C in January. Frost is common in winter season. Relative humidity can reach up to 80% in monsoon.
The Chinji National Park exhibits the biome of deserts and xeric shrublands and falls in the ecoregion of 'Baluchistan xeric woodlands' (PA1307). The area is characterized to have sub-tropical vegetation with many plant species of importance. The area is also a habitat for threatened species of Urial.
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