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Mammals of Ladakh

Ladakh is rich with many mammals. Mammals of Ladakh numbers to approximately 34 different species and list of mammals of Ladakh are provied bellow for information of people interested in mammals of Ladakh. Wildlife of Ladakh includes birds and mammals besides, pollinators, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles and many more. Wildlife in Ladakh are rare. Different species of Mammals and Birds of Ladakh have different timing for spotting them in their respective habitat without disturbing them. Utmost care should be taken - Not to Disturb these Wild Animals and Birds while on Wildife and Birding Tour. But on many occassions, the wildlife show up at unexpected time and locations. This page is dedicated in listing such sightings of Birds, Mammals and other Wildlife species in Ladakh region of the Himalaya.

UPDATED CHECKLIST OF MAMMALS OF LADAKH

 

  1. Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)
  2. Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii),
  3. Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata),
  4. Kiang or Wild Ass (Equus kiang), 
  5. Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx), 
  6. Pallas's Cat (Octocolobus manul) ,
  7. Himalayan Brown Bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus),
  8. Tibetan Argali (Ovis ammon hodgsoni),
  9. Blue-sheep (Pseudois nayuar),
  10. Ladakh Urial (Ovis vignei),
  11. Asiatic Ibex (Capra sibirica),
  12. Wild Yak or Dong (Bos mutus),
  13. Tibetan Wolf/Himalayan Wolf (Canis lupus chanko),
  14. Tibetan Sand Fox (Vulpes ferrilata),
  15. Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes),
  16. Tibetan Wild Dog  (Cuon alpinus) / Dhole,
  17. Himalayan Weasel ( Mustela sibirica)  Not recorded since 1960
  18. Mountain Weasel (Mustela altaica),
  19. Stone Martin (Mates foina),
  20. Stoat (Mustela erminea),
  21. Himalayan Marmot (Marmota himalayana),
  22. Long-tail Marmot (Marmota cuadata), 
  23. Tibetan Woolly Hare (Lepus oiostolus),
  24. Nubra Pica, Cape Hare (Lepus capensis),
  25. Royle's Pika (Ochotona roylei),
  26. Plateau Pika (Ochotona curzoniae),
  27. Ladakh Pika (Ochotona ladacensis),
  28. Nubra Pika (Chotona nubrica),
  29. Large-eared Pika (Ochotona macrotis),
  30. Stoliczka's Mountain Vole (Alticola stoliczkanus), 
  31. Silvery Mountain Vole (Alticola argentatus),
  32. Royle's Mountain Vole (Alticola roylei)
  33. Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra)
  34. Himalayan Goral (Naemorhedus goral), Recorded in 2016 at Drass area (Need GPS location for confirmation )
  35. Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster), Not recorded since 1960
  36. Grey Long-eared Bat (Plecotus austriacus) Not included in earlier checklists