Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS)

As the sanctuary lies in the Indo-Malayan realm, it is a true biodiversity hotspot. It is the only refuge for the elephants of the bordering Udalguri districts of Assam, India, as the habitat are degraded.

  • Location: Situated in in the south eastern part of the country
  • One of the smallest protected areas in the country and the only protected area which does not have a management plan in place
  • The National Tiger Survey (2015) also validated the presence of tigers in the sanctuary.
Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS) Map - Bhutan For Life

Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS)

Faunal and Floral Diversity

0 species of cats found
0 species of mammals

Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS)

Inhabitants & Livelihood

Residents are farmers who depend of agriculture for livelihood. They cultivate paddy and maize as their main stable food

Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS)

Camping & Trekking

Trekking Route

  • The management is of the opinion that an existing footpath can be developed as a trekking route and a birding trail through the sub-tropical forests

Jomotshangkha Wildlife Sanctuary (JWS)

Risk & Threats

Infrastructure development

  • The ongoing SamdrupCholing-Jomotshangkha highway construction poses a threat in conserving the biodiversity of the sanctuary


  • Illegal poaching of wildlife and timber species especially by the people from across the borders remain unabated despite frequent patrolling

Forest Fire

  • Forest fires set by people across the borders is a serious threat to the habitat and biodiversity of the sanctuary

JWS's Future with BFL

Conservation status of high profile, lesser known, endangered and endemic flora and fauna species determined and documented
Eco-lodges and eco-treks designed and developed
Park communities implement climate-smart organic agriculture
Degraded lands within JWS mapped and restored with climate-smart mechanisms
SMART patrolling implemented in JWS
Park staff trained for effective anti-poaching operations
Forest quality and extent is maintained
New nature-based local enterprises implemented
JWS equipped with adequate and competent staff and essential equipment and infrastructure