Management Plan for Churdhar and Simbalbara in Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar Sanctuary (66.70 sq. km.) is the highest sanctuary in the Outer Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh and an important habitat for the musk deer besides other mammals such as leopard, black bear, muntjac and goral. It is home to pheasants such as the monal, kalij and koklas, raptors such as golden eagle and shahin falcon and several partridge species.

Simbalbara (19.22 sq. km.) is an important sanctuary for the goral other wildlife typical of the Shiwalik Hills such as leopard, chital, nilgai, sambar, muntjac and wild boar. Simbalbara is reported to be the westernmost limit of the chital in Himalayan foothills. Elephants recently came to Simbalbara Sanctuary from Haryana in 2006.

Management plans were drafted for these two sanctuaries in an assignment for the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department. The management plans were drafted with the objective of carrying out systematic and scientific management of the two sanctuaries including a strong wildlife monitoring component. The managemetn Plans recommends regular patrolling is the best means of maintaining protection inside the sanctuary. The Wildlife Wing of Himachal Pradesh is proposing to introduce the group patrol system whereby patrolling would be carried out by the field staff and watchers in a group.