east of Skardu in the Karakoram range
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the tree line and at an average height of 13,500 feet above sea level, the
Deosai Plains are among the highest plateaus in the world. The Deosai
Plains cover an area of almost 3,000 square kilometers. For just over half
the year - between November and May - Deosai is snow-bound. In the summer
months when the snow clears up, Deosai is accessible from Skardu in the
north and the Astore Valley in the west.
Plains make up one of the last frontiers of natural habitat for the
Himalayan brown bear, a creature that once roamed the mountains freely.
The park currently has inbetween 20-28 Brown bears. This park was
establised to protect these endangered bears. Recently a research project
has started by Himalayan Wildlife Foundation (HWF) and the Northern Areas
Forests, Parks, and Wildlife Department to secure the survival of the
brown bear in the Deosai Plains and to monitor their population. The
Deosai Plains are also home to the ibex, red fox, golden marmot, wolf, the
Ladakh urial, the snow leopard, and a number of resident and migratory
in the park include--Brown bear (T), Snow leopard (T),
Himalayan Musk deer (V) Golden marmot (C), Pika (C),
Migratory hamster (?) and Ermine (C).
T=Threatened, V=Vulnerable, R=Rare, C=Common, ?=Unknown.
in the park are--Golden eagle, Lammagier vulture, Griffon vulture, Laggar
falcon, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk and Snow cock.
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