(Last Updated on : 08/05/2014)
Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shopian district of Kashmir. This wildlife sanctuary is about 70 kilometers south of Srinagar
. It spreads over an area of 341 square kilometers.
Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary is bounded to the north by Gumsar Lake, northeastern part by Hirpora village, east by Rupri, south by Saransar and to the west by the Pir Panjal pass. The slopes of Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary are gentle and moderate steeply on the eastern aspect and very steep with many cliffs on the higher northern and western aspect. The southern and southeastern portions are moderately steep.
The vegetation types of Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary present include Western Mixed Coniferous Forests, Deciduous Sub-alpine scrub Forests and Sub-alpine Pastures. Western Mixed Coniferous Forest is dominated by Kail Pine with Spruce and Fir as its primary associates. West Himalayan Sub-alpine Forests are dominated by Fir, while the Deciduous Sub-alpine Scrub is dominated by Himalayan Birch and Juniper with wild rosees. The southeastern part of Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary has moderately open coniferous vegetation dominated by Kail Pine, Fir and Spruce.
Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary is the place to many endangered species of animals including the Himalayan Brown bear, Himalayan Black bear
, Musk Deer
, Leopard, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan Palm Civet and Pir Panjal Markhor. Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary shelters mostly 130 species of birds including the Spotted Forktail, Western Tragopan, Rock Bunting, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Himalayan Woodpecker, Blue Rock Thrush, White-capped Redstart, Himalayan Griffon, Common Stonechat and Grey wagtail.
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