In the northern area of Pakistan’s District Abbotabad, Province Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Ayubia National Park is located and is one of the Pakistan’s biggest national parks. This park covers the area of 8,184 acres and seven major villages and four small towns Thandiani, Ayubia, Nathiagali and Khanspur surround this park. Name of this park is after the name of second president of Pakistan late Muhammad Ayub Khan. In 1984, this was declared as national park. From the behind of Ayubia Chair lift, Ayubia national park starts. There is a walk track from Ayubia chair lifts to Dongi Gali. There are so many beautiful and peaceful places in this national park of Pakistan and is a worth visiting place.
In summer, climate of this area is hot and becomes harsh in winters. In May and June, weather remains mildly hot. With the monsoon in late June and early August, the cold sets in. gradually the severity of cold in winters increases until the west winds bring rains. These rains eventually turn into snow. In the later part of winters, this park remains capped with the snow.
There are 104 species of plants in Ayubia Park. Cedrus deodara, Yew, Blue Pine, Horse Chestnut, Silver Fir and Oak are the main floral species. In the park, 21 plants belonged to 19 families that known because of their medical properties. Many of the plants here are used for treatments of stomach ulcers, jaundice, internal infections, snakebite, Chambal, diabetes and many others. Some of the plants here are known to have anti-carcinogenic effects. Due to insect repellant nature, some of the plants are used as biological insecticides and pesticides. To demonstrate the sustainable use of plant resources as a means for protecting biodiversity, and ethno-botanical initiative has launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Around 203 species of birds are kept in this park. Many species of birds like Golden Eagle, Hill pigeon, Eurasian Sparrow hawk and Vulture can be found here with other birds. Some of the rare Himalayan pheasant species such as Koklass pheasant and Kalij can be seen here. Thirty-one species of mammals are here. Leopards, Hill Fox, Flying Squirrel and many other animals can be found here.
Under the 1975 Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Wildlife Act, this park is managed by the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Wildfire Department. At the distance of 34 kilometers from Abbotabad, at the Dunga Gali, headquarter of park is located.