Ladakh adopted its own state animal and bird

The snow leopard and the black-necked crane have just been designated as the state animal and bird of Ladakh. Before August 5, 2019, the state bird of J&K was the black-necked crane, which is mainly found in the Ladakh area.

It’s also known as the Mountain Ghost. They occupy the position of the top predator in the food chain. It serves as a barometer for the health of the alpine environment where they reside. Habitat In J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh, higher Himalayan and trans-Himalayan landscapes. Hemis, Ladakh is the world’s Snow Leopard capital. Reduced prey numbers, unlawful poaching, growing human population penetration into the species’ habitat, and illicit animal parts and goods trafficking are also threats.

The head is adorned with a prominent crimson crown. Juveniles have a brownish head and neck, and their plumage is lighter than an adult’s. The Monpas (Arunachal Pradesh’s largest Buddhist ethnic group) see the bird as a manifestation of the Dalai Lama, the sixth Dalai Lama (Tsangyang Gyatso). Breeding Grounds and Habitat: The Tibetan plateau, Sichuan (China), and eastern Ladakh have high-altitude wetlands in India. It only arrives in the winters in Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. Threats include damage to eggs and chicks, habitat loss as a result of human development projects, and increased grazing pressure on the few pastures near the wetlands. Measures to Protect Them The World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India), in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu & Kashmir, has been working to conserve high-altitude wetlands in the Ladakh area, with black-necked cranes being a priority species.

 

Source: The Hindu

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