We have a sudden shift in plans for this weekend! Instead of Mawphanlur, we are driving to Nokrek National Park, in search of the Red Panda. .
Nokrek has a remnant population of the Red panda that has generated curiosity across the world. Nokrek is also an important habitat of the Asian elephants. The park had eight species of cats, ranging from Tiger to Marbled cat but the current status of the former is uncertain. Whatever, the status of big cat in the park might be, our priorities are to spot a Red Panda.
The red panda is a small arboreal mammal that thrives best at 2,200-4,800m, in mixed deciduous and conifer forests with dense understories of bamboo. In Northeast, it is found in Sikkim, western Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling district of West Bengal and Nokrek National Park in Meghalaya.
Photo credit goes to our friend @travellikeredpanda , who is much fascinated with this small mammal. We wished he could have joined us for our trip to the park.