Pulie Badze Wildlife Sanctuary
Pulie Badze Wildlife Sanctuary (with an area of 9 sq Km) is an important catchment area of Kohima Town. Dzuku valley (10,000 ha) and Japfu Peak, the two important features in the area are located adjacent to the sanctuary and have been designated as Important Bird Areas (IBA). The Japfu (Japvo) peak rises to about 3,048 m and is the second highest peak after the Saramati at 3,826 m.
Pulie Badze forests and the adjoining Dzuku valley are the habitat of some rare and endangered Avi Faunal species like Blyth’s Tragopan (Tragopan blythii) and Dark Rumped Swift (Apus acuticauda).
The Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary, another important community protected area (also on IBA), are adjacent to the Dzuku valley. All these four sites form a single large continuous area of 20,000 ha or more and are very important for avifauna conservation in southern Nagaland.
The valley harbours many species of flowering plants including the endemic Dzukou Lily Lilium chitrangadae. The valley receives a tremendous influx of local tourists during the flowering season.
Unfortunately, the valley is a source of conflict for ownership between local tribes and the state governments of Manipur/Nagaland. The lower reaches of the hills in these environs still hold good subtropical broadleaf forest and a good population of Blyth’s Tragopan Tragopan blythii. Dark-rumped or Khasi Hills Swift Apus acuticauda is an important discovery (Ahmed et al. 2003). Khonoma and other areas in this valley are likely to hold some populations of this Swift.
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