Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary
Halook Gibbon. By Dr. Raju Kasambe - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71031928

Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary

Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chandel District along the Indo-Myanmar international boundary of Indian state Manipur. This is one of the sanctuary in India where Hoolock Gibbon, the only ape species found of India inhabits. 

Flagship Animal: Hoolock Gibbon

Notified Area: 40 km2

The sanctuary was designated in 1989.

Best time of visit is winter season from October to April.

Fauna

Mammal

Hoolock gibbon, red panda, Asian elephant, Clouded leopard, gaur, goral, great Indian civet, Assamese macaque, capped langur, Malayan sun bear, Himalayan black bear, Chinese pangolin, Crab eating mongoose, Giant flying squirrel, Pemy’s long nosed squirrel, wild boar, back-striped weasel, and smooth-coated otter, etc.

Avifauna

Blyth’s tragopan, grey peacock-pheasant, green peafowl, and Kalij pheasant, three hornbills viz. great hornbill, weathered hornbill, and oriental pied-hornbill and Manipur bush-quail.  Common birds namely Indian myna, Collared myna, Jungle myna, northern hill myna, Burmese pied myna, Gray headed myna, Spotted dove, Burmese red turtle dove,  Burmese ring dove, Little brown dove, Tree pie, North Indian drongo, Striated swallow, Dusky crag martin, Assam bamboo partridge, Burmese red jungle fowl, Alexandrine parakeet, Rose ringed parakeet, Manipur crimson breasted pie wood pecker, Forest eagle owl, Burmese collared scoops owl, Burmese hoopoe, Lesser skylark, Roller etc.

Reptiles and amphibians

Blind snake, Diard’s blind snake, buff striped keelback, Tawny cat snake, Himalayan Keelback, Keelback snake, White striped kukri snake, Manipur green snake, Indo-China Red snake, Checkered keelback, Banded krait, Monocellate cobra, King cobra, Monitor lizard and water lizard etc.

Approach

Nearest Airport: Imphal

Nearest Railway Station: Dimapur

Sanctuary entry point to Imphal by NH 35.

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