Increase in number of blue sheep in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area
28th Jul, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew
TAPLEJUNG, July 28: The number of himalayan blue sheep (bharal) in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area of Taplejung has been increasing compared to last year. Last month's himalayan blue sheep census showed an increase in the number.
Himalayan blue sheep was counted last month in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund and the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council. According to Ganesh Prasad Tiwari, Head of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Office, there are 1,421 bharal in the area. This is an increasing number compared to last year.
Himalayan blue sheep is found at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. Bharal was calculated by dividing the area into four blocks based on the habitat and grazing area of himalayan blue sheep. Dharmendra Thapa, Information Officer and ranger of the conservation area office, said that the number of bharal in the three block areas was 1,421.
Four snow leopard sub-committees have been formed in the conservation area. The subcommittee has been given the main responsibility of observing the snow leopard. Finso Sherpa, Chairman of the Yangma Snow Leopard subcommittee, said the same subcommittee was also observing himalayan blue sheep, which is considered a food for snow leopards. Chairman of the Kanchenjunga Area Management Council, Khagendra Fembu, said that the himalayan blue sheep is counted through the officials of the sub-committee of snow leopards and technicians appointed by the conservation area.