Sikkim's Kingdom Animalia has a large selection of animals and birds. The dense forests of Sikkim provide a comfortable habitat to the fauna in the state. Sikkim also allows snow leopard, wild ass, leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, musk deer and flying squirrel to roam in its area. In the alpine zones, the yaks are quite prominent and residents have also kept them to get milk, meat, wool and other useful items from the animal. The musk deer is a part of endangered species and it can be found in the upper temperate zones.
The barking deer is a common animal in Sikkim. On the treetops at
altitudes between 6,000 and 12,000 ft, you can see Red Panda that really
looks cute. You must have read about Snow leopard in stories, but Sikkim
comprises this animal in real. Although, the animal hardly comes across
the sight, up to now, only two zoologists have captured its photographs.
Amongst others, Blue sheep, flying squirrels, binturong, tahrs, marmots
and mush deer are some more populace of the region.
The avifauna of Sikkim comprises 30% of the total birds, found in the
whole Indian subcontinent. Sikkim encompasses more than 650 species of
butterflies that are traceable at different altitudes. Not concluding
the bird fauna, Sikkim also has more than 600 species of birds including
Impeyan Pheasant, Crimson Horned Pheasant, Snow Partridge, Snow Cock,
Lammergeyer, Griffon Vultures, Golden Eagles, Quail, Plovers, Woodcock,
Sandpipers, Pigeons, Old World Flycatchers, Babblers and Robins.
The extensive flora & fauna of Sikkim made Government to convert
the densely animal-populated regions into wildlife sanctuaries. The main
cause for this conversion was to protect the wildlife from the poachers.
Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kyongnosia
Alpine Sanctuary, Khangchendzonga National Park, Shingba Rhododendron
Sanctuary and Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary are the places, where both
animals and plants reside in complete harmony with each other.