Why is it in the news?
- A tiger has been spotted at an elevation of 3,640 meters in the Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary in Sikkim.
- This marks the highest elevation in India where tigers have been observed, surpassing the previous record of 3,630 meters in Arunachal Pradesh.
About Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary
|Situated at the tri-junction of Sikkim, Bengal, and Bhutan.
|The Pangolakha range in the east separates Sikkim from Bhutan. Linked to Neora Valley National Park of West Bengal.
|Connects with forests of Samtse and Haa district in Bhutan.
|Largest wildlife sanctuary in Sikkim.
|Features high-altitude lakes like Lake Tsongmo, a biodiversity hotspot for migratory birds.
|Origin of Rivers
|Rivers like Rangpo and Jaldhaka originate from nearby lakes within the sanctuary.
|Rhododendrons, silver fir, juniper, and moss-covered oaks.
|Home to Red Panda (Sikkim’s state animal), Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, among others.
|Encompasses various eco-regions like Terai-Duar savanna, Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests, Himalayan subtropical pine forests, among others.