Increasing number of visitors at Takin preserve due to improved infrastructure

The Royal Takin Preserve in Thimphu has become a hotspot for both local and international tourists. It has been drawing increasing attention thanks to a recent infrastructure upgrade. Ranging from ramp walks to renovated footpaths and picnic spots, the new look of Takin preserve has enhanced the visitor experience and led to a surge in revenue for the preserve.

With an area of about 20 acres, including an enclosed section, the preserve now offers an accessible environment to observe a diverse array of animals.

Currently, there are nine species of animals Takin, blue sheep, goral, wild pig, serow, barking deer, Himalayan Monal, reindeer, and yak.

Some of the animals have been rescued and released in the preserve.

Since the upgrade in October of last year, the number of visitors has been increasing. Thousands of people visit the preserve every month.

Apart from being a place for visitors to learn about animals the space also gives families and friends the opportunity to relax and spend time together.

“Earlier, the preserve did not have such facilities. We can hardly see animals from afar. Now with an installation of such facilities, we get to see the animals,” said a visitor.

Now with the infrastructure development, we can have a closer look at the animals. Moreover, we can rest as there are proper places for resting,” said Sunita Rai, another visitor.

The new improved infrastructure includes ramp walks, picnic spots, children’s playgrounds, and cafes.

The Takin preserve in charge said they have plans to further improve the facilities.

Last year alone, the preserve earned about Nu 3.6 M in revenue. Visitors to the preserve have to pay a minimal entry fee.

“Before the upgrade, we received 40 to 100 visitors on average in a day. But after the renovation, around 800 to 900 visitors including tourists visit the preserve in a day. Currently, we have brought new species of blue sheep and yak. We promote animal welfare through a monthly screening programme by monitoring animal waste. Through this examination, it allows us to identify any potential concerns and we take necessary measures to ensure their well-being,” said Sonam Tshering, In charge of Royal Takin Preserve.

At the same time, the preserve is facing waste management issues although there are waste disposal bins.

The Royal Takin Preserve initiates conservation efforts including health monitoring, wildlife rescue and release initiatives, and to create wildlife habitat environment within the enclosures.

Phuntsho Lhamo, Sherab Yangchen, Tshering Wangmo and Tshering Yuden (Interns)

Edited by Tshering Zam

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