Wildlife in Bhutan
Although Bhutan is a relatively small country it has an immense variety of landscapes, and habitats, ranging from low tropical forest in the south of the country to vast Himalayan peaks in the north. Thanks to government efforts it also has a significant number of national parks, and sanctuaries, which help to preserve the indigenous wildlife. The upshot is that Bhutan is one of the most biodiverse countries in the region and host to wild horses, monkeys, black bears, yak, wolves, blue sheep, elephants, tigers, snow leopards, red panda, the unique takin and a yeti or two - to name but a few of the 200 species of mammal that can be found in the country.
Bhutan's national animal is the takin, a rather unusual creature with the features of a goat, a cow and a moose combined. The takin achieved national status in the 15th century after it was reported that the takin has been ‘created' by Lama Drukpa Kunley (the Divine Madman). Its natural habitat is at over 3700m so you are unlikely to see one in the wild unless you are on a trek. However to help preserve this rare creature the Motithang Takin Preserve has been created in Thimphu, and visitors often come here to see takin before getting a great view over the capital from a nearby viewpoint.