Himalayan Goral Conservation Breeding

The Himalayan goral (Naemorhedus goral) is a bovid species native to the Himalayas. The species occurs in the Himalayas from Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, southern Tibet, and the states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in India to possibly western Myanmar.is listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List and as Schedule III in the Wildlife Protection Act, India because the population is thought to be declining significantly due to habitat loss and hunting for meat.

Currently, the park houses 32 (18:14) Gorals.

Status survey of H. Goral in Singalila National Park, Neora valley National Park, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, and forest of Kurseong Division" funded by the West Bengal Zoo Authority. The research study involved questionnaire survey within the protected areas regarding the presence of H. Goral, threats, potential habitat, and socio-economic profile of fringe villages. Potential habitats were identified and a vegetative survey was also conducted.

According to the study, the presence of the H. Goral was reported in all study areas to varying frequencies. The most sightings were reported in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, followed by Kurseong forest division, Neora Valley National Park and Singalila National Park. Very few reports of the presence of the species have been reported in Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary. The study recommended the release of H. Goral from the captive population of PNHZP in its wild habitat at Mahanada wildlife sanctuary to augment the wild population.