Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
|Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve|
View of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve.
|Coordinates||28°38′26″N 82°59′40″E / 28.64056°N 82.99444°ECoordinates: 28°38′26″N 82°59′40″E / 28.64056°N 82.99444°E|
|Area||1,325 km2 (512 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation|
The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal. Established in 1987 it covers an area of 1,325 km2 (512 sq mi) in the Dhaulagiri Himal of western Nepal in the Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung Districts. In altitude it ranges from 2,850 to 5,500 m (9,350 to 18,040 ft).
Flora and fauna
The landscape consists of forests, marshland called Dhor and flat meadows called Patan. Higher elevations remain snow-capped throughout the year. Fifty-eight vascular plants have been recorded as present in the reserve. Flowering plants comprise 36 endemic species. Faunal species cmprise 18 mammals including snow leopard, musk deerAilurus fulgensRed panda and blue sheep; 137 birds including koklass pheasant, cheer pheasant and impeyan pheasant; and two herpeto species.
- Bhuju, U. R., Shakya, P. R., Basnet, T. B., Shrestha, S. (2007). Nepal Biodiversity Resource Book. Protected Areas, Ramsar Sites, and World Heritage Sites. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN 978-92-9115-033-5
- Wegge, P. (1979). Aspects of the population ecology of blue sheep in Nepal. Journal of Asian Ecology 1: 10–20.