In Ladakh, there is a huge variety of flora and fauna and some rare and endangered
species of animals as well. The wild yak is the only animal which is to be found
only here, in Ladakh. Other animals include the Ibex, Tibetan Hare, Wild Ass, Bharal
or Blue Sheep, docile Marmots, Mouse Hares, Nyan, Red Foxes, Wolves, Shapu and the
Tibetan Antelope, also called the Chiru. Black necked crane, Bar-headed Geese, Ducks
and several other water birds breed near the lakes in thousands. This region is
home to as many as 310 species of avifauna which includes Golden Eagle, Lamagier,
Wall creeper, Rock Bunting, Black necked Crane, Himalayan Snowcock and so on. Bactrian
Magpies, Grey Tits, Chough, Raven, Sparrow, Kite, Kestrel, Turkoman rock pigeon,
Chukor, Finches, Buntings, Larks, Desert wheat-eaters, and many more varieties of
The greatest attraction of Ladakh is the Snow Leopard which is one of the rarest
wild animals. It is among the endangered species. Another one that is unique is
the kyang or the wild horse. Musk deer is also a rare sight at lower altitudes.
The Nyan (big horned sheep), Chim (Tibetan antelope famed for its fleece-Shahtoosh),
Goa (Tibetan gazelle), Lynx, Pallas cat, Kyamg (wild horse) and Brong dong (wild
yak) are some of the wildlife’s which are still outside the tourists domain.