Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife sanctuary of Bhutan

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

Covering much of Trashi Yangtse district, this 1,550 km2 reserve provides sanctuary to rare animals such as blue sheep, snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer, and Himalayan black bears. Nestled in the eastern part of Bhutan, the Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for biodiversity enthusiasts and nature lovers. Spanning over 1,500 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, this sanctuary is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including endangered species such as the black-necked crane. Visitors can explore lush forests, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear rivers while encountering a variety of wildlife, making it a must-visit destination for ecotourism and conservation enthusiasts alike

Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary History

The Bumdeling Wildlife was established in 1995 to protect large areas of virtually untouched Eastern Himalayan ecosystems ranging from warm broadleaved forest to alpine scree slopes. It partly overlaps with the earlier Kulong Chhu National Park which mainly covered alpine and subalpine habitats. A park manager and staff were appointed in 1998. The first management plan was produced in 2001.


Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary Landscape

Altitudes in the sanctuary range from 1,500 m (4,900 ft) in the south to over 6,400 m (21,000 ft) in the north. The northern parts include glaciers, snow peaks, scree slopes, alpine pastures, and scrub and glacial lakes and valleys. The central parts include ridges and valleys covered in scrubland, conifer forest, and broadleaved forest. The southern and lower part consists of more ridges, valleys, and river gorges. Most are covered in broadleaved forest. Flatter areas have often been cleared for agricultural land and villages.

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