Inau­gu­ra­tion of Jo­mot­sangkha Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary

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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.

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