Area: 4,349 sq km; 1,680 sq miles.
Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) is one of the largest national parks in Bhutan, spanning an area of 4316 sq. km. in the north western part of the country and sharing an international border with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. The park boasts a rich variety of habitats, from subtropical (1,400 m) to Alpine (7,000 m), and is home to 36 mammal species, 328 bird species, 5 reptile species, 300 medicinal plants, and 39 butterfly species. JDNP is also known for being the site where tigers were first sighted above 4000 meters, sharing their habitat with snow leopards.
JDNP covers five districts: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, and Gasa, with its headquarters located in Damji, Gasa. The park’s staff, including four range officers, work to address challenges such as human-wildlife conflicts, unsustainable resource use, and illegal wildlife trade.
Some of the unique and rare species found in JDNP include the Satyr Tragopan, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, and Tawny Fish Owl, along with other high-altitude birds and those associated with rivers in warm broad-leaved forests.