The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh is home to stunning biodiversity: birds, frogs, lizards, butterflies and moths, to name some of them. Eaglenest is the only known location of the bird, the Bugun Liocichla discovered by Dr. Ramana Athreya in 2006. This is the first new bird species to be described from mainland India in more than 50 years. The Bompu Litter Frog Leptobrachium bompu, a new frog species, discovered by Sanjay Sondhi in 2011 is known only from Bompu at Eaglenest. The Dafla Mountain Lizard Mictopholis austeniana, was re-discovered in Eaglenest after more than a hundred years.
The area's rich biodiversity has resulted in an urgent need to preserve the community owned forests as well as the forests within the Eaglenest WLS. In order to do so, bird tourism, with the Bugun tribe, was initiated five years ago, and has resulted in a surge of interest in this marvellous PA.
However, the efforts to conserve the area's forest and its biodiversity need to continue. Keeping this in mind, a multi-year survey was initiated by Titli Trust to study moths and butterflies of the Kameng Protected Area Complex, which includes Eaglenest WLS, Sessa Orchid WLS and Pakke Tiger Reserve resulted in an explosion of new information on these faunal groups. 380 species of butterflies and over a 1,000 species of moths were recorded during a Rufford Small Grant supported survey (
). The information gleaned from this survey is being used to launch butterfly and moth tourism to provide an incentive to the local community to continue its conservation efforts at Eglenest and Pakke.
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