Torsa Strict Nature Reserve
|Torsa Strict Nature Reserve|
|Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve|
|Area||609.51 km2 (235.33 sq mi)|
|Website||Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation|
The Torsa Strict Nature Reserve (officially Jigme Khesar Strict Nature Reserve)[a] in Bhutan covers 609.51 square kilometres[b] in Haa District, occupying most of its area. Founded along with other national parks in 1993 by decision of the royal government, It borders Sikkim and Tibet to the west and is connected to Jigme Dorji National Park via a "biological corridor." Torsa SNR contains the westernmost temperate forests of Bhutan, from broadleaf forests to alpine meadows and the small lakes of Sinchulungpa, at altitudes ranging from 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) to 4,800 metres (15,700 ft). Like Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary, Torsa SNR has no resident human population.
Flora and fauna
This diverse ecosystem, home to various endangered species such as the Tibetan Snow Cock, Red Panda, Snow Leopard and Rufous Necked Hornbills, also grows in the reserve the only endemic poppy, the White Poppy.
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