Royal Manas National Park (RMNP)

RMNP is the fourth largest park in Bhutan covering an area of 1057 km2. It shares its border with India’s World Heritage site, Manas Tiger Reserve, and is also connected by corridors to Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary and Jigme Singye National Park. Manas Park covers three districts: Zhemgang, Sarpang and Pemagatshel.

Fifty-eight mammal species have been recorded in the park to date such as Tiger (Panthera Tigris), Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), Swamp Deer (Cervus duvauceli), Elephant (Elephas maximus), Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei), Asiatic Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), Guar (Bos gaurus), Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) and Pigmy Hog (Sus salvanius).

More than 426 bird species are said to be found in RMNP like Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Grey Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectron bicalcaratum) and the Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus).

Manas is home to about 900 species of vascular plants including 348 big trees, 206 shrubs, 90 climbers and 192 herbs.

Sharing a porous border with the neighboring country, India, Manas encounters illegal activities like poaching that require vigilant monitoring. Another major challenge the park also encounters is human wildlife conflict as there is quite a huge population residing in and around the park vicinity.
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