Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary

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Coordinates: 27°17′N 91°57′E / 27.28°N 91.95°E / 27.28; 91.95

Wildlife Sanctuary
Country Bhutan
District Trashigang, Samdrup Jongkhar
Municipality Sakteng
Area 750 km2 (290 sq mi)
Plant Eastern blue pine (Pinus wallichiana)
Animal Migoi (no confirmed sightings)
Black-rumped magpie
IUCN category IV[1]
Sakteng protected area location map.png

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located mostly in Trashigang District and just crossing the border into Samdrup Jongkhar District, Bhutan.[2] It is one of the country's protected areas. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The sanctuary represents the easternmost temperate ecosystems and landscapes of Bhutan,[2] and is part of the Eastern Himalayan subalpine conifer forests ecoregion. It protects several endemic species including the eastern blue pine and the black-rumped magpie.[2]

Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary was created in part to protect the migoi, a yeti-like cryptid whose existence has not been scientifically confirmed, but in which the local population strongly believes.[3][4] The migoi are believed to haunt the northern part of the area.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary". World Database on Protected Areas. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Chandra Bisht, Ramesh (2008). International Encyclopaedia Of Himalayas. Mittal Publications. p. 68. ISBN 978-81-8324-265-3.
  3. ^ Jordans, Bart (2008). Bhutan: A Trekker's Guide. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 307. ISBN 978-1-85284-553-7.
  4. ^ "Older Bhutanese Remember Abominable Snowman". Associated Press. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  5. ^ Johnsingh, A. J. T. (2006). Field days: a naturalist's journey through South and Southeast Asia. Universities Press. p. 283. ISBN 978-81-7371-552-5.
  6. ^ "Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary". Himalaya 2000 online. Bhutan Travel Guide. Retrieved 2011-04-02.