Bhutan boasts of having 26% of it’s total geographical land area under protected area networks which is the highest in Asia.
Amongst others, the Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) is one of the oldest protected area in Bhutan and shares a porous border with India’s Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve. With an area of 1059 sq km, the ecosystem in Manas ranges from tropical to subtropical.
Bhutan is considered a safe haven for the globally endangered Black Necked Cranes as their winter roosting grounds.
Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail which is found only in Bhutan has been announce by the Cabinet as the National Butterfly of Bhutan. The Ludlow’s Swallowtail butterflies are found in Tobrang, a remote part of the Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary, Trashiyangtse, in the eastern region of the country.
Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail (Bhutanitis ludlowi) is an extremely rare species of butterfly first discovered in Bhutan by Frank Ludlow and George Sheriff, British plant hunters in 1930s.
Protecting and conserving Ludlow’s Bhutan Swallowtail (Bhutanitis ludlowi) butterfly is not a challenge as of now but it could be in the future, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary officials say.
A group of forestry officials are in search of a giant panda at Wangkha, about 3km from Chhukha towards Gedu along the Thimphu – Phuentsholing highway.
Four different types of Asiatic golden cat (catopuma temminicki) were sighted in the country on a camera trap between 2008 and 2010.
A medium sized-wild cat, Asian golden cats range in body length from 30 – 41 inches with males usually larger than females.
The proposal to build a golf course in Ura, Bumthang, has been rejected by the government.
The golf course has been rejected on grounds that it would affect community grazing activity in Shingkhar, and the water supply of a hydropower unit in Ura. A government agency found that almost the entire golf course would be located on wetland, once completed. A ministry of agriculture and forests notification issued earlier this year stipulated that natural wetland would be protected.
The far flung Gasa Dzongkhag will be bustling with activities as the second Takin festival kicks off today at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park (JDWNP) with the aim to develop and promote wellness tourism.