More numbers of the Western Tragopan, belonging to the pheasant species of Himalayan birds, has been recorded in the Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh. Other birds belonging to this family are the peafowl and red jungle fowl. The Western Tragopan is found in the temperate forests of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, at altitudes ranging from 2,000m to 3,600m. Regular patrolling and better protection strategies have ensured their steady rise in numbers.

March to June is the breeding season for this species, and it’s the best time to maintain a census of their numbers. The mating calls of all the males are counted, adding up to a pair of the same. The teams were given Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and data sheets to record the altitude and the calls of the tragopan.

The Great Himalayan National Park covers 754sq.km. in the Kullu district. It is the perfect location for animals, birds and plants to thrive in – lots of mountains, rivers and streams. It has 31 mammal species, three reptiles, nine amphibians, 203 bird species, 127 insect species and 425 species of plants. The snow leopard is one of the rarest and least spotted animals in this park.