WILDLIFE in BHUTAN- The Call of the Wild

Bhutan's wildlife

Come eye to eye with the herds of Asiatic elephants, count the stripes on Tigers, track the snow clouded leopards in the Himalayan mist and hang around with the black bears- such is the huge canvas of the wildlife of Bhutan. Bhutan is one of the finest wildlife watching countries in South Eastern Asia. The country may not be large in size but the variety of wildlife found there would do justice to a country many times its size. Wildlife in Bhutan paints the most vibrant picture of Bhutan tourism. Buddha Point Tours and Travels arrays the wildlife in Bhutan which even a visitor with only the most casual of interest can’t help but be overawed.

Takin

It is the national animal of Bhutan and is found in the bamboo forested valleys of eastern Bhutan. Over hunting and poaching of this rare species has made this goat antelope endangered. Takins migrate to their preferred zones. Newborn calves can be spotted in the months of February and March. Takins are also found in Motithang Takin Preserve or Takin Zoo which allows a closer glimpse of this rare species.

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bhutans wildlife

 Bharal

It is the Himalayan Blue Sheep dwelling in the high Himalayas of Bhutan. Snow leopards feast on this mammal native to Bhutan. Young ones are born in late June and July.

Binturong

It is an arboreal animal which inhabits the dense woods and is one of the vulnerable species. It is omnivorous in nature and natural habitat loss is the biggest threat to their existence. On an interesting note, it uses its tail for communication. The musk glands of this animal effuse an odour which calls to mind the smell of popcorn.

binturong

Dhole

It is a carnivorous animal resembling red dogs and prefer to live in clans rather than packs owing to their highly companionable nature. Packs of dholes can be seen eviscerating their prey and they have a very distinct method of blinding the prey first by assaulting the eye.

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Birds of Bhutan

Ornithologists will be full of beans on witnessing the impressive number of birds in Bhutan. The earth has music for those who listen and it is very well perceived when we get to witness the songbirds of Bhutan. The Oriental pied hornbill, the Rufous-Necked Hornbill, the Wreathed Hornbill and the Great Hornbill are the four species of birds in Bhutan. The endangered birds include the Imperial Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Black-Necked Crane, Baer’s Pochard, Beautiful Nuthatch, Eurasian Curlew, Chestnut-breasted Partridge and many more. The Jigme Dorji National Park and other parks as well as sanctuaries house many vulnerable and endangered species. Raven is the national bird of Bhutan.

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imperial heron

 

 

 

 

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