The cold desert of Ladakh is home to many mammals and birds that have adapted to the extreme cold of the Indian Himalayas in different ways. Many of Ladakh's animals are endangered such as the snow leopard, the Tibetan wolf, the Tibetan argali and the black-necked crane.
Ladakh is a marvel of nature as it has been blessed with a plethora of exotic migratory birds and wild animals. Spread over 59,146 sq. km, Ladakh is a cradle for a large number of bird species and wild animals that roam freely in their natural habitat.
The unique ecosystem of Ladakh offers a chance to wildlife aficionados and admirers to look at some of the most beautiful and rare species of wildlife against the backdrop of blue skies, snow-clad peaks and rugged mountains.
Snow leopard (schan in Ladakhi) is the jewel of Ladakh. It is estimated that there are more than 200 snow leopards habiting in the Hemis National Park. Located in the eastern part of Ladakh, the Hemis National Park spread over an area of 600 sq. km making it the largest national park in India. The Wildlife Department and local organizations have been promoting wildlife tourism in the Hemis National Park. The park also houses many other species of animals like Ladakh urial, Tibetan antelope, Asiatic ibex, bharal, Tibetan hare and marmot.
Snow leopard (schan):