Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park is the largest park in Bhutan. It covers all three climate zones of Bhutan, ranging in height from 1400 to 7000 meters.

Jigme Dorji National Park – Wikipedia

The park is home to snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, red panda, sambar, barking deer and markot. The park is also home to a wide variety of Himalayan herbs used in traditional medicine and is the country’s most active geothermic region.

Jigme Dorji National Park (Lonely Planet)

The park is the habitat of several endangered species, including the takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, musk deer, red panda, Himalayan black bear and serow. Other mammals to be found are leopards, wild dogs, sambars, barking deer, gorals, marmots and pikas. More than 300 species of birds have been catalogued within the park.

Tibetan poachers target Bhutan’s ‘miracle’ fungus

One of the world’s most precious environments, Bhutan’s Jigme Dorji National Park – home to tigers, snow leopards, and black-necked cranes – is being threatened by fungus hunters.

The park, famed for its hot springs that attract thousands of trekkers every year, is being dug up by collectors of caterpillars infected by the fungus Cordyceps sinensis

Cordyceps is a traditional Chinese medicine, and the fungus’s popularity has soared in the last couple of years to the point where it now sells for $7,000 (£3,800) a kilogram, half the price of gold. It is this price hike that has triggered the crisis at Jigme Dorji, one of the few places in the world where Cordyceps is found.

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