Inauguration of Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary
In commemorating the first birth anniversary of HRH the Gyalsey, the Department of Forest and Park Services inaugurated Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS) and also observed the salang tendrel for office construction today.
Jomotsangkha Wildlife Sanctuary initially named as Neoli Wildlife Sanctuary and later named as Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary was notified in the year 1994. With an area of 1160 sq.km, JWS borders Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in the north and connects to Royal Manas National Park through the RMNP-JWS biological corridor.
JWS forms part of the Himalayan subtropical broadleaved forest ecosystem, which is an important element in the Himalayan eco-region. It has some of the most undisturbed wildlife habitat and is home to some of the endangered wildlife species like tigers and elephants. This Sanctuary is the only habitat for the critically endangered Pygmy hog and hispid hare.
Until today, the wildlife sanctuary was kept under dual management of Samdrup Jongkhar Forest Division, Department of Forests and Park Services. Henceforth, JWS will function with an independent management head office at Jomotshangkha along with the respective sanctuary range offices from Jomotshangkha and Samdrupcholing to cater to public services.
The sanctuary is located in south eastern most part of Bhutan covering Langchenphu, Lauri, Martshala, Pemathang, Phuntshothang, Samrang, and Serthig gewogs of Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag.