Black Necked Crane
Black Necked Crane News
A year-and-a-half since Ladakh received union territory status, plans underway to nominate a new state bird and animal
The former state of Jammu and Kashmir had the black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its State Bird and State Animal. Both species are rare and had been symbols of the state for a long time. But the black-necked crane is found only in Eastern Ladakh and the Hangul is found only in Kashmir Valley.
The smiling countenance of the 36 year-old Lama Lobsang Gyatso, a Buddhist monk who lives in the Mon-Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh belies his steely resolve to see things through he has set his mind upon. Gyatso, lovingly called Anna, has fearlessly fought against corruption and rapacious development, and campaigned to protect the rivers, wildlife and culture of the Tawang region, home to the Buddhist Monpa community he belongs to.