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National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries

Each of Bhutan's National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries is an essential part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex - a system of national parks, protected areas and forest corridors covering 35 percent of the country. Each of these parks and sanctuaries has its own special character and are homes to endangered animals, birds and plants.

Overview of the Protected System
Name of protected area
Area in square (km)
Dzongkhags (Districts)
Ecosystem representation
Royal Manas National Park   1,000   Zhemgang, Sarpang   Sub-tropical forest, habitat for tiger, elephants, leopard, golden langur
Jigme Dorji National Park   4,200   Gasa, Thimphu, Paro, Punakha   Habitat for takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, rare alpine plant species
Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park   1,400   Trongsa, Zhemgang, Wangdue, Sarpang, Tsirang   Pristine upland broad leaf forests, habitat for clouded leopard, tiger
Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary   1,300   Trashi, Yangtse, Lhuntse, Mongar   Upland broad forests, winter roosting area of black-necked crane
ThrumsingLa National Park   768   Bumthang, Mongar, Lhuntse, Zhemgang   Old growth fir forests with varieties of rhododendron, prime habitat for red panda, tragopan and monal pheasant
Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary   650   Trashigang   Pristine mixed coniferous forests, highest number of rhododendron plant species
Phibsee Wildlife Sanctuary   278   Sarpang   Natural sal forest, habitat for spotted deer
Torsa Strict Nature Reserve   644   Haa, Samtse   Pristine temperature forests
Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary   273   Samdrup Jongkhar   Temperature forests, only habitat of pigmy hog

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