Source: This post is based on the article “Snow leopard, Black-necked crane declared state animal and birds in Ladakh” published in Times of India on 2nd September 2021.
What is the News?
The Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh has declared ‘snow leopard‘ as its state animal and black-necked crane as its State Bird.
Note: Erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state had the black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its state bird and animal respectively.
About Snow Leopard:
Snow leopards are found in the mountainous regions of central and southern Asia.
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About Black Necked Crane:
Black Necked Crane is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau. The largest populations of the bird are in China, with smaller numbers extending into Vietnam, Bhutan, and India.
In India, eastern Ladakh is the only known breeding ground for Black-necked cranes outside China. The estimated population of Black-necked Crane in the Ladakh region is between 80-100 while the global population is estimated to be around 6,000.
Recently, for the first time, a Black-necked Crane has been fitted with satellite transmitters in the Ladakh region to know its migration routes.
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