7 Charismatic Animals of Bhutan

January 9, 2018

Bhutan is not only rich in Cultures but also rich in Biodiversity. It is known around the World as a host for many endangered species and also to those which are not found anywhere on Earth. In this post, we would like to present you 7 Charismatic Animals of Bhutan.

1. Takin

Takins are found in small family groups of around 20 individuals, although older males may lead more solitary existences. In the summer, herds of up to 300 individuals gather high on the mountain slopes. Groups often appear to occur in largest numbers when favorable feeding sites, salt licks, or hot springs are located.

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2. Tiger

Adult tigers lead largely solitary lives. They establish and maintain territories but have much wider home ranges within which they roam. Resident adults of either sex generally confine their movements to their home ranges, within which they satisfy their needs and those of their growing cubs. Individuals sharing the same area are aware of each other’s movements and activities.

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3. Golden Langur

Spotted in the area of Black Mountains of Bhutan. For the most part, the langur is confined to high trees where its long tail serves as a balancer when it leaps across branches. During the rainy season, it obtains water from dew and rain-drenched leaves. Its diet is herbivorous, consisting of ripe and unripe fruits, mature and young leaves, seeds, buds, and flowers.

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4. Red Panda

The red panda is territorial; it is solitary except during mating season. The species is generally quiet except for some twittering, tweeting, and whistling communication sounds. It has been reported to be both nocturnal and crepuscular, sleeping on tree branches or in tree hollows during the day and increasing its activity in the late afternoon and early evening hours.

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5. Snow Leopard

The snow leopard is solitary, except for females with cubs. They rear them in dens in the mountains for extended periods. An individual snow leopard lives within a well-defined home range but does not defend its territory aggressively when encroached upon by other snow leopards. Home ranges vary greatly in size.

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6. Musk Deer

Musk deer live mainly in forested and alpine scrub habitats in the mountains of southern Asia, notably the Himalayas. Moschids, the proper term when referring to this type of deer rather than one/multiple species of musk deer, are entirely Asian in their present distribution, being extinct in Europe where the earliest musk deer are known to have existed from Oligocene deposits.

Musk deer resemble small deer with a stocky build, and hind legs longer than their front legs.

Himalayan Musk Deer – VAST Bhutan

7. Elephants

Asian elephants are highly intelligent and self-aware. They have a very large and highly convoluted neocortex, a trait also shared by humans, apes and certain dolphin species. They exhibit a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, allomothering, mimicry, play, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory, and language. Elephants are reported to go to safer ground during natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes, although there have been no scientific records of this since it is hard to recreate or predict natural disasters.

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Final Note

This are 7 charismatic animals of Bhutan, which are not found in most of the countries. If you are a nature lover or an animal lover, then Bhutan is a place where you need to be. Contact us and book wildlife photography tours with us to explore and discover some of the endangered animals in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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