History of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary
Prior to 1954, Kais Wildlife Sanctuary was non-existent simply due to the fact that the significance of conserving wildlife and preventing their poaching was not realized at that point of time. This led to indiscriminate hunting of wildlife and in Kullu District animals became regular victims of irresponsible poaching and human attacks. Thereafter, the local government was determined to enclose the area of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary to check their deaths and for ensuring their safety. So this area was declared as a wildlife sanctuary.
Flora of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary
Travellers to Kais Wildlife Sanctuary would be impressed by the marvellous greenery of this sanctuary which is marked by different forests, trees and shrubs. Poplar, Deodar, Fir and Cheed are some of the main trees which grow in large numbers here. Some of the other trees surviving here include Maple, Oak, Spruce, etc. While Cedar and Walnut can be observed growing at lower portions of the sanctuary, Rhododendron scrub forests, Birch and Alpine forests are present in the higher altitudes of this place.
Fauna of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary
The Brown Bear and Himalayan Black Bear are amongst the major attractions of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary. It is believed that till the era of 1970's, Himalayan Black Bear continued to be an endangered species. Due to the timely interference by the government and its efforts to preserve this animal has enabled this specie to venture into safety zone and it is no longer an endangered animal. Hyena, Musk Deer, Leopard, Barking Deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr and other creatures are also existent in this sanctuary. The colourful birds dwelling in this region comprise Western Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Peacock, Pheasant, Myna, Cheer, Hornbill and many more.
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