Motithang Takin Preserve
Motithang Takin Preserve, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu, is a wildlife reserve area for takin, Takin is the national animal of Bhutan .This one-of-its-sort creature can be discovered uniquely in Bhutan which has got face of a goat, and the body of a cow.
Legends have it that the arrangement of Takin was made by the Buddhist yogi Drupa Kunley, prevalently called “The Divine Madman” in the 15 century.The story goes that once he was mentioned by Bhutanese lovers to summon a marvel before them. He conceded to a condition that he ought to be taken care of a dairy animals and a goat for lunch. Subsequent to finishing his lunch , the yogi left the bones. He at that point joined the head of the goat on the skeleton of the cow With a break, he made a live creature known as takin today. Because of strict association, the creature was proclaimed the national creature of the nation Bhutan.
When a small number of takin were confined in a “mini-zoo” in Thimphu, the King of Bhutan felt that it was improper for a Buddhist country to confine animals for religious and environmental reasons. He therefore ordered the release of the animals and the closure of the mini-zoo. To everyone’s surprise, the takin, known for their docile behavior, refused to leave the immediate area, and strayed in the streets of Thimphu in search of food for weeks.Given that the animals had become virtually domesticated, it was decided to keep them in an enclosed, forested habitat at the edge of Thimphu and thus the takin preserve came to be established in the Motithang neighborhood. An area of 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres) was demarcated and fenced for the preserve. The preserve also holds a few sambar and barking deer. The Motithang Takin Reserve has been an integral part of Thimphu city and is an ongoing visitor attraction. NCD plans to expand the collection of the preserve by introducing other rarely seen animals of Bhutan such as the red panda, and the Himalayan serow.
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Timing to Visit Motithang Takin Preserve
Tourist can visit Motithang Takin Preserve whenever between 9 am to 4 pm from Tuesday to Sunday . Monday this reserve remain closed . This special zoo also remain close during few holiday in Bhutan. Please check here for the Closing days.
Map Of Motithang Takin Preserve
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