A prime habitat for Red Panda in Central Nepal
Gaurishankar Conservation Area is a protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal that was established in January 2010, covering 2,179 km2 (841 sq mi) in the Ramechhap, Dolakha and Sindhupalchok districts and encompassing 22 Village Development Committees. It is contiguous with Tibet in the north. The protected area connects the Langtang and Sagarmatha National Parks. The Government of Nepal handed over the management of Gaurishankar Conservation Area to National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) for 20 years in 2010. Following the models of Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas, NTNC has been managing the area through its Gaurishankar Conservation Area Project.
The Gaurishankar Conservation Area is rich in bio-diversity. A total of 16 varieties of vegetation have been identified in the area, including forests of Pinus roxburghii, Schima-Castanopsis, Alnus, Pinus wallichiana, Pinus patula, Rhododendron, Quercus lanata and Temperate mountain oak forest.
The Gaurishankar Conservation Area's mammalian population totals 34 species, including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, and Himalayan thar. One of the rarest mammals in the area is the red panda.
A total of 235 species of birds have been recorded from the Gaurishankar Conservation Area.
The conservation area also has 14 snake species, 16 species of fish, 10 types of amphibians and 8 lizard species.