Pakistan’s top wildlife photographer Zahoor Salmi dies in a road accident
Pakistan’s pioneer photographer of wildlife, aka ‘Papa Wildlife’, Zahoor Salmi died in a road accident on Friday night.
Salmi was traveling with his friend and wildlife artist, Farrukh Shahzad, when their jeep fell into a ditch near Battgaram in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), according to the details.
Zahoor Salmi was considered as a top wildlife photographer of Pakistan who has collaborated with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan. Salmi’s beautiful photo of Himalayan Ibex was published in National Geographic magazine in 2016.
Reaction on social media
In a tragic coincidence, Pakistan’s wildlife and photography community mourned the loss of Zahoor Salmi on World Wildlife Day 2018. They hailed Salmi as an exceptional photographer and a remarkable friend.
Ghalib Hasnanin said on Facebook that “his incredible zeal for wildlife photography” will never be forgotten.
WWF-Pakistan CEO Hammaq Naqi Khan took to Twitter to share the news of loss.
On #WorldWildlifeDay we mourn the great loss of our friend @zahoorsalmi, who died in a tragic car accident near Batgram yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. @WWFPak is proud that this hardworking & competent #wildlife photographer was associated with us. RIP pic.twitter.com/iF24VqYaBJ
— Hammad Naqi Khan (@hnaqikhan) March 3, 2018
Yousaf Akhtar shared that Salmi was known as “Papa Wildlife”
@Zahoor Salmi what a companion he was, being out of country it was really a shocking news for me that this gentleman is no more with us. He was also known as ‘Papa Widlife’ you & your great work will always be remembered & missed. RIP bother with tears in eyes. pic.twitter.com/knjfyV2FNk
— Yousaf Akhtar (@yousafakhtar72) March 3, 2018
Check his photos here.