• A research team of the Department of Wildlife Protection has recently confirmed the presence of snow leopard in Kishtwar High Altitude National Park through camera trap photographs.


  • It is located in the Kishtwar district of UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The area was declared as a Kishtwar High Altitude National Park in 1981.
  • It was majorly founded to protect the Snow Leopards that are now slowly vanishing from the nature.
  • The area lies in the central crystalline belt of the great Himalayas and the tract is situated on the high altitudes i.e., sub-alpine and alpine zone.
  • The National Park encompasses the catchment area of Kiber, Nanth and Kiyar Nallas, all of which drain south-west into Marwah River (locally called Mariv Sudir) which later joins Chenab.
  • It encompasses breathtaking alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks, and lush green forests, serving as a vital ecological corridor for many wildlife species.
  • Flora:
    • The flora mainly comprises coniferous, alpine, meadows and scrub forests.
    • Trees include Fir, Himalayan Yew, Deodar, Blue Pine, or Kail and Spruce.
  • Fauna:
    • The park is a renowned snow leopard reserve.
    • Brown Bear, Himalayan Black bear, Musk Deer, Ibex, Markhor, Wild boar, Bharal, Indian Muntijal, Serow, and Rhesus macaque are also found here.
    • Alligator-tailed vulture, bearded vulture, white-cheeked bulbul and the Himalayan jungle crow are some of the birds found here.


  • Habitat
    • Mountainous regions of central and southern Asia.
    • In India, their geographical range encompasses: Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Hemis, Ladakh is the Snow Leopard capital of the world.
  • Protection status
    • IUCN red list- Vulnerable
    • Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)- Appendix I
    • Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972- Schedule 1
  • Snow Leopard is on the list of 21 critically endangered species for the recovery programme of the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change.


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