Wildlife of Bhutan

Wildlife of Bhutan – Wikipedia

The terrain is some of the most rugged in the world, characterised by huge variations in altitiude. Within the 150 miles between the southern and northern borders, Bhutan’s elevation rises from 150 to more than 7,500 metres. This great geographical diversity combined with equally diverse climate conditions contributes to Bhutan’s outstanding range of biodiversity and ecosystems.The tiger, one horned rhino, golden langur, clouded leopard, hispid hare and the sloth bear live in the lush tropical lowland and hardwood forests in the south. In the temperate zone, grey langur, tiger, common leopard, goral and serow are found in mixed conifer, broadleaf and pine forests. Fruit bearing trees and bamboo provide habitat for the Himalayan black bear,red panda,squirrel,sambar,wild pig and barking deer. The alpine habitats of the great Himalayan range in the north are home to the snow leopard, blue sheep, marmot, Tibetan wolf, antelope and Himalayan musk deer. Flora and birds abound with more than 770 species of bird and 5,400 species of plants known to occur throughout the kingdom.

BBC documentary series – the Land of the Tiger

Expedition searching for tigers hidden in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. With tigers heading for extinction, an international team of big cat experts and wildlife filmmakers are given unique access to the jungles and mountains of Bhutan for what could be the last chance to save this magnificent animal.



With information on the activities of the WWF in Bhutan

Royal Society for Protection of Nature

Bhutan: Nature – Weather/Climate – Fauna – Flora – Mountains

Comprehensive site – follow sub-links

Bhutan Wildlife – Wildlife Sanctuaries in Bhutan

Bhutan has established a system of nine protected areas that covers approximately 26% of country’s total land area in national parks, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and conservation areas. National Parks of the Kingdom of Bhutan are established to protect important ecosystems and not to be promoted as tourist attraction.

Books about Bhutan

Birds of Bhutan

A guide to the ornithology of Bhutan, a country of great physical beauty and, unusually, one with much of its primary forest intact. It covers all 555 species regularly recorded in the country and includes a list of vagrants. One happy reader wrote:

Most guidebooks for birders are very general in their descriptions of birds. “Birds of Bhutan” tells you when and where in the country you can view them. Includes endangered, endemic and vagrant species. Beautifully detailed showing all local varieties, this book is Written very specifically about Bhutan Birds but, still gives information about where in Asia these birds range. This Book is a must have!

Bhutan: A Trekker’s Guide (Cicerone Guide)

One happy reader wrote “The author of this book fell in love with Bhutan so madly that he spent four years living there with his family from 1999. There are few parts of the country he has not visited, few passes he has not crossed, and few yaks that he has not ridden. This book is a unique and special gem, written from the heart and rich in quirky details and hard facts. Having traveled with his wife and children on many occasions he provides unique insights into the joys of this seldom undertaken way. Specially commisioned maps and the author’s photographs illustrate the book, and he is an absolute stickler for detail.”
Bhutan (Lonely Planet Country Guide) An essential introduction

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