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Wild Life in Ladakh

Ladakh is a unique destination where a person will find a matchless wildlife with rare species of birds and animals.

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 birds.

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.

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