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Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) is located in the northeastern part of Bhutan and covers an area of 1538 sq. km encompassing parts of Trashi Yangtse, Lhuentse, and Mongar Dzongkhags. The sanctuary was officially gazetted in 1995 and operationalized in 1998 to protect large areas of virtually untouched Eastern Himalayan ecosystems ranging from warm broadleaved forests to alpine ecosystem.

Royal Bengal Tiger
The sanctuary is a show case for 293 species of birds, out of which 5 species are included in the IUCN Red List of globally threatened and 4 species globally near threatened, and another 6 recorded as restricted range species. There are also 32 species of butterflies out of which some are identified as rare. The park symbolizes the highest tiger habitat at 4000m, which is quite rare in nature. Some of the important wildlife species include black necked crane, red panda, Leopard, Himalayan black beer, tiger, musk deer, Barking deer, wild boar, wild dog and fox. The park contains one of the richest temperate forests in the eastern Himalayas with fir forests as old as400 years old which form contiguous habitat for tiger distribution in Bhutan.

The sanctuary is the habitat for big cats like Bengal tiger and common leopard. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of the two winter habitats for the black-necked cranes, which come down from the Tibetan plateau to escape the extreme weather conditions. In addition the park also has many sacred religious sites like Rigsum Gonpa, Dechhenphodrang monastery,, Singye Dzong, Pemaling and many sacred lakes, which are visited by pilgrims from all parts of Bhutan making it special from cultural point of view also.

Courtesy Ministry of Agriculture - DOF Nature Conservation Division

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