Wild animals on the Tibetan plateau

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Tibet is a beautiful area for tourists with a strong personality and livened up with some fantastic multi-cultural influences different than anywhere else in the world.

Of course, Tibet is a region with a high altitude with tremendous hospitality and a religiously devout atmosphere plus lots of amazing wild animals on the Tibetan plateau.

Therefore, the adventure and wild animals in Tibet has helped many tourists to make Tibet one of the most fantastic tourist’s destinations in Lhasa.

Tibet doesn’t only have social sites for tourists, but also comes handy with lots of first-hand information on the wild animals available in Tibet.

While it may be one of the most visited areas in Asia, yet it has one of the wildest animals in the world.

Some of the unique wild animals in Tibet are Tibetan antelopes, Tibetan wolf,  Tibetan Blue bear,  snow leopard,  kiang, Thorold’s deer, Pika, Wild Yaks, Assamese macaque,  wild cats, wild donkeys, Mongolian gazelles, Marmots, Tibetan eagles, foxes, wolves,  clouded leopards, argalis, lynxes and so on.

However, the forests and mountains of Tibet have basically become a home for a wide range of animals including 473 species of birds, 142 species of mammals, 49 varieties of reptiles, 64 species of fish both saltwater fish and freshwater fish, 44 types of amphibians, and over 2,300 species of insects are in the Tibet plateau.

Therefore, some of the wild animals found on the mountains and forests of Tibet are briefly discussed below

  1. The Tibetan Antelopes or Chiru

It is one of the rarely found species of wild animals in the high altitude area — Tibet.

 These species of Antelopes were native of the Northern Tibet, as well as, the Province of Qinghai until they recently came close to extinction.

 The Chiru having a height of about 3 feet tall has soft wool usually used for making shawls and coats.

Therefore, currently, there are less than 150,000 Tibetan antelopes, and this has made the government restrict anyone from hunting any of these antelopes in Tibet.

  1.  Tibetan Wolf

Tibetan wolf — commonly found in northern China is now mostly found in the remote part of Tibet, Qinghai Province, Ladakh, and some parts in Himal Pradesh.

This Tibetan type of wolf looks quite different from the popularly known Chinese wolves as it has fox shape.

 This type of fox- with shorter legs, fuller brush,  fox-shaped wolf prefer staying at the remote side of the Tibet forest, as well as, the Northern Tibet than the plain of Tibet.

  1. Tibetan Blue Bear

Don Gyamuk as it locally called is a sub-species of the brown bear, and it is also known as Himalayan Blue bear.

 This blue bear is very rare to find, and one of the unique animals in the world to see in the wild areas. Till now, there is no statistical analysis of the numbers of Tibetan Blue Bear remaining in the plateau of Tibet.

  1. Snow Leopard

There is no doubt about it that this snow leopard is also one of the rarest species of leopard anyone can find in the world.

As part of its nature, the snow leopard is a shy type of leopard that loves to keep away from people and keep remaining in the thick forest of the Tibetan plains.

As one of the protected species in Tibet, snow leopard can rarely be seen in the thick forest of the Tibetan Plateau.

However, mathematically, there are about 5000 snow leopards left in the world. Although it’s a beautiful wild animal, yet it is one of the most dangerous animals in the world and well-known species especially in Tibet than any other place in the world.

  1. Kiang

As opposed to other Tibet wild animals mentioned, Kiangs are can easily found almost everywhere in Tibet especially in the plains and prairies of Tibet.

Kiang is well-known animal with its larger head, upright mane, blunt muzzle, and a convex nose. A matured Kiang is about 4 to 5 inches in length, with its stunning look, and known for its dark-brown coat and a lighter underbelly.


Nothing keeps the memory of your adventure than exploring all the available opportunities in Tibet including the wild side of life.

Though these wildlife animals are difficult to find, however, most photographers visit Tibet to take pictures. So, why not explore these chance again and visit Tibet to see some of th

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