Jigme Dorji National Park

Area: 4,349 sq km; 1,680 sq miles.

Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) is the second largest national park in Bhutan with an area of 4316 sq. km. Located in the north western part of the country, the park also shares an international border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. The habitats ranging from subtropical (1,400 m; 4,600 ft.) to Alpine (7,000 m; 22,970 ft.). is rich in biodiversity with a present record of 36 mammals, 328 birds, 5 reptiles, 300 medicinal plants, and 39 butterflies. It was in JDNP where tigers were first sighted above 4000 meters sharing habitat with snow leopards. Besides the rich floral and faunal diversity, the sources of four major rivers, Pachhu, Wangchhu, Pho Chu, and Mo Chu lie in the park as well.

The park spans across 5 districts, namely Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, and Gasa. Park headquarters based in Damji, Gasa, and its 4 range officers address common challenges faced by protected areas elsewhere, like human-wildlife conflicts, unsustainable collection/or use of forest resources, and illegal wildlife trade

Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra) and other high-altitude species are characteristic of this park, along with other rare birds associated with rivers in warm broad-leaved forests, such as the White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, and Tawny Fish Owl (Bubo flavipes).

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