Bhutan - migration of animals
Bhutan, the mysterious Buddhist kingdom in the heart of the Himalaya, which has been closed off from the world for hundreds of year, spreads across breathtaking landscapes from subtropical lowlands to peaks of more then 7000 meters. With 60% of the country protected by government degree, there is abundant, mostly unaltered, and well protected flora and fauna, a striking difference to all the rest of the Himalaya which has suffered much environmental degradation during the last 150 years. Because of its low population, and low accessibility, Bhutan today is what the Himalayas nature looked like before humans started large-scale damage like logging and hunting. Much of Bhutan’s wildlife is endemic or extremely rare in other parts of the Himalayas. Species like the Takin (Bhutan’s national animal and the origin of the golden fleece), rare primates such as the Golden Langur, 12 species of wild cats including tiger, clouded leopard, and the reclusive marbled cat, as well as a spectacular variety of rare birds, like the Black-necked crane, the stunningly beautiful Monal (a large and extremely colorful pheasant that lives in extreme altitude) and several hornbill species, are among the rarities found here.