MoAF in­nau­grates Jo­mot­shangkha Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary

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The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests in­au­gu­rated Jo­mot­shangkha Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary coin­cid­ing with the first birth an­niver­sary of His Royal High­ness the Gyalsey on 5 Fe­bru­ary.

Jo­mot­shangkha Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary (JWS) in Sam­drup Jongkhar Dzongkhag is the last pro­tected area to be opened, which is ex­pected to ful­fill the 11th five-year plan tar­get of the Depart­ment of For­est and Park Ser­vices (DoFPS).

The new wildlife sanc­tu­ary (WS) is also ex­pected to be an im­por­tant achieve­ment in con­ser­va­tion for DoFPS.

The WS was ear­lier known as Ne­oli WS and then Khal­ing WS.

Jo­mot­shangkha WS is lo­cated along the in­ter­na­tional bor­der with In­dia from Phuntshothang Ge­wog in the west to Lauri Ge­wog in the east.

Ngawang Gyelt­shen, Con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer from Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment, DoFPS, said the cur­rent area of 337 sq. km will be ex­tended to 1,160 sq. km.

The park area ex­ten­sion is ex­pected to help the sanc­tu­ary man­age­ment to de­liver faster pub­lic ser­vice to the gewogs near the park area.

Ngawang Gyelt­shen said, “By ex­tend­ing the JWS, we will re­ceive more recog­ni­tion at the in­ter­na­tional level in terms of se­cu­rity.”

JWS will rep­re­sent pris­tine sub-trop­i­cal for­est biome and it is the only habi­tat for the Pygmy Hog in the coun­try.

It will also con­serve the habi­tat for other en­dan­gered species, namely Tigers, Asian ele­phants, horn­bills, and Blyth’s and Tem­minck’s Tragopan, among oth­ers.

The sanc­tu­ary will pro­tect eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive ar­eas along the south­ern bor­ders with As­sam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The park also tran­scends across seven gewogs un­der Sam­drup Jongkhar Dzongkhag, namely Phuntshothang, Pe­math­ang, Martshala, Sam­rang, Langchen­phug, Serthig and Lauri Ge­wog.

Like­wise, the min­istry also launched South­ern Wildlife Res­cue & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre (SWRRC).

Ngawang Gyelt­shen said SWRRC is con­structed to pro­vide im­proved hu­mane, ap­pro­pri­ate, and achiev­able vet­eri­nary care and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for wildlife pa­tients since hu­man wildlife con­flict is on the rise all over the coun­try.

Ly­onchen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said that SWRRC is im­por­tant to pro­tect and res­cue wild an­i­mals.

The cen­tre is also ex­pected to pro­vide im­me­di­ate di­ag­nos­tic fa­cil­i­ties for the south­ern re­gion and at the same time serve as an ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre to stu­dents and pub­lic.

It will also be the cen­tre for crocodile and ghar­ial con­ser­va­tion.

Cur­rently, the cen­tre is home to 15 ghar­ial, four marsh crocodile, two pea­cocks, two bark­ing deer and one slow loris.

SWRRC is lo­cated within an area of 15 acres at Jig­mel­ing un­der Dek­il­ing ge­wog in Sarpang Dzongkhag.

It has been con­structed within eight months from March 2015 to Oc­to­ber 2015 un­der the fund­ing sup­port from Re­gional Wildlife Project of the World Bank.

Cur­rently, there are five na­tional parks, one na­ture re­serve, and four wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies that cover more than half of the coun­try’s to­tal land area.

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