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Ladakh Declared Snow leopard, Black-necked crane as its State Animal and Bird

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Ladakh declares snow leopard as state animal, black-necked crane as state birdThe government of Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh has declared ‘Snow leopard’ (Panthera uncia) as its state animal and ‘Black-necked crane’ (Grus nigricollis) as its state bird.

Key Points:

i.Earlier (prior to the administrative division) Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) had the Black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its state bird and animal.

ii.The black-necked crane is found in eastern Ladakh, whereas the Hangul is in Kashmir.

iii.Hence, after the bifurcation into 2 separate administrations, the black-necked crane was now declared as the state bird of Ladakh.

  • As per the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the central government has bifurcated the state J&K into 2 UTs viz, J&K and Ladakh.

Black-necked crane:

i.Eastern Ladakh is the only known breeding ground in India for Black-necked cranes outside China.

ii.Population: The estimated population of Black-necked Crane in Ladakh region is between 80-100. The global population is estimated to be ~6,000.

iii.It is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and as Near-threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Snow leopard:

i.It is found native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia.

ii.Population: The estimated population of individual Snow -Leopard in Ladakh alone is between 200-300.

iii.It is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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About Ladakh:

Governor – Radha Krishna Mathur
Airport – Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport
Heritage Site – Tso Kar Wetland Complex, Tsomoriri