Askot Musk Deer Wildlife Sanctuary

The Ascot Wildlife Sanctuary also known as Ascot Muscat Sanctuary was established in 1987 covering an area of 600 sq. km near Indo-Nepal border. The sanctuary is located 54 km from Pithoragarh near Ascot and situated at an elevation of 1650 m in the middle of a snow covered peak in the Kumaon region. The Askot wildlife sanctuary has a great variety of flora and fauna.It is blessed with a large collection of herbs, shrubs, trees and climbers. The rich vegetation in this locality such as teak, gravelia and eucalyptus makes it one of the most prolific places to visit. There are also many birds, reptiles and many other kinds of animals that make the Askot Wildlife Sanctuary a must visit place for all nature lovers. The major species include turtles, spectacled cobras, deer, gaur, horns, antlers, monkeys, lemurs, kraits, darters, vipers, bison, little cormorants, and black eagles. This sanctuary has been set up primarily with the object of conserving the Musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) and its habitat.

General Information:

Landscape: Kailash Protected Area Type: Wildlife Sanctuary
Established Year: 1987 Area: 600 sq. km.

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Min: 80.35 Max:
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Climate: Typical temperate to Sub-arctic. Summer temp. not moe than 30°C, winter severe and heavy snowfall.

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Province: Main himalayas
Biomes: Mixed mountain and highlands
Vegetation: The vegetation types includes Temperate mixed coniferous forests, Temperate mixed deciduous forest, Dry temperate mixed forest, Dry deodar forest,Sub-alpine birch/ fir forest, birch-rhododendron scrub forest, Moist alpine scrub and Dry alpine Scrub.

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EthnicGroup: The ethnic group includes Bhotias, Rajees in additions to Kumaonies and nepalis
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IUCN Category: IV - Habitat/Species Management Area
Area of land and/or sea subject to active intervention for management purposes so as to ensure the maintenance of habitats and/or to meet the requirements of specific species.
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