Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary
Yangoupopi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chandel District along the Indo-Myanmar border and about 110 km from Imphal. This is one of the nine Important Bird Areas (IBA) identified in Manipur.
The Yangoupopi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure trove for lovers of wildlife and has a wide variety of species are found. The whole area of this sanctuary has been classified into five zones. They are Khudengthabi, Leibi, Laiching, Kwatha and Yangoupokpi. Currently, it has been documented with the occurrence of 6 amphibian species, 29 species of reptiles, 74 species of avifauna, 42 mammalian species and 86 species of fishes in the sanctuary.
The peacock marked turtle, pythons, Diard’s blind snake, buff striped keelback, Tawny cat snake, Himalayan Keelback and many other reptiles are spotted in the area. The sanctuary is also rich in fish fauna and has endangered like cyprinid fish like Val and mahseers are abundantly found. The Lokchao lake provides a natural habitat for the breeding of mahseers.
Yangoupopi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is also rich in a wide variety of mammals like the Hoolock Gibbon, Wild bear, Himalayan Black bear, Malayan Sun bear, Slow Loris, Stump tail Macaque, Serow, Indian Civet cat, Common Otter, Pangolin, leopard etc.
And then to the absolute delight of anyone visiting the sanctuary, there are also a wide range of birds like the grey peacock-pheasant, green peafowl, and Kalij pheasant, weathered hornbill, and oriental pied hornbill and Manipur bush-quail. Indian myna, Collared myna, Jungle myna, northern hill myna, Burmese pied myna, Gray headed myna, Spotted dove, Burmese red turtle dove, Burmese ring dove, Little brown dove are also found in abundance.
A description of the Sanctuary will be incomplete without the mention of the rich fauna. The Yangoupokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is home to species of dipterocarpus tuberculatus, Dipterocarpus turbinatus, Tectona Grandis, Melanorrhoea usitata, terminalia chebula, emblica officinalis, Cedrela toona, Cedrela serrat, Quercus spp, Bauhinia spp etc. It is also abundant in bamboo and species such as Melaconna, Bamboosa etc is found here.
In order to visit the Yangoupopi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary on needs to take the road journey from Imphal on the NH-39. Visitors can hire a cab. Both private and public transport plies on this road. The best time to visit is from October to April. For an overnight accommodation, there are options at the Forest Rest House, Moreh, the Indo-Myanmar Trade Centre Rest House, Moreh and Transit Camp at Wildlife Office also in Moreh.
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