Friday, 14 October 2016

Wildlife of Hemis National Park

Hemis National Park is named after the famous Hemis Buddhist Monastery in Ladakh.

It was established by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 1981. It is presently the only National Park in Ladakh.

Encompassing an area of 4,000 square kilometres this National Park harbours a unique group of high altitude fauna.

The North - Western Part of the Park is the only place on earth where 4 beautiful mountain sheep and goats namely -- Tibetan Argali, Ladakh Urial, Asiatic Ibex, and Wild Blue Sheep occur.

This National Park is the ultimate haven for the highly endangered Snow Leopard -- The Flagship Species of the Himalayas.

Snow Leopard Mothers with Cubs in tow can be seen most often in various parts of Hemis National Park before the Breeding Season begins.

The Vistas and Cliffs of Hemis National Park are "Unique Homes" for the critically endangered Snow Leopards.

The Ladakh Urial, the favourite natural prey of Snow Leopards are endemic to this region and are distributed along 2 major rivers namely -- The Indus and the Shyok.

The Ladakh Urial, suffered a lot from poaching by hunters in the last century largely due to its existence along the Leh -- Srinagar Highway that runs along the Indus for about 100 Kilometres.

Finally, This has to be said that awareness is the key to conservation of Wild Mammals of Ladakh.

Credits and References :

Wildlife at Hemis
By Tsewang Namgail
Pages 4-5
Hornbill Magazine, Mumbai
April - June 2006


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