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60 Seconds on Earth: Saving the world's coolest goat

Pakistan's slowly-growing Markhor population is a remarkable conservation success story.

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A male Markhor in the Tooshi Game Reserve, Chitral, Pakistan (Masood Arshad / WWF-Pakistan/Courtesy)

Editor's note: 60 Seconds on Earth is a regular GlobalPost series where our correspondents in the field produce video snapshots of the places and people that we find important, impressive, crazy or just unmistakably cool. Here's a recent installment on baseball for the blind.

CHITRAL, Pakistan  — The population of these wild goats with their dramatic, twisting horns dwindled to just a few hundred in the 1980s. But in the remote mountains of northern Pakistan, a host of conservation measures are helping bring back the markhor, the country's national animal. The conservation success story has been attributed to community involvement, and the financial benefits of occasional — strictly regulated and very expensive — trophy hunts. In Chitral Gol national park, the goats also owe their resurgence to rangers who spend their days making sure that snow leopards, not poachers, are the only ones hunting the markhor.