Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre

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Gangtey, Bhutan
Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre - The Conservation Centre overlooking the valley
Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre - One of the injured cranes currently being looked after at the Centre
Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre - One of the injured cranes currently being looked after at the Centre
Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre - Black necked cranes in the Phobjikha Valley. Whilst they roam around anywhere in the valley during the day, they are sure to flock together in swamps at night to avoid predators

Black-necked Crane Visitor Centre Gangtey Reviews

Vikram Vikram
312 reviews
A much needed place of information on conserving one of the world's extinct breeds Dec 03, 2016
The black necked crane makes its annual pilgrimage to Phobjikha valley from China and Tibet. It's become something of a religious and social significance for this town: not only does this bird have a festival in its name that's become a cultural mainstay, but its place in popular local folklore is unparalleled - songs, dances, stories, so many written in reverence of the birds that flock together in the valley. They're also seen as the carriers of the souls of the dead to the heaven, a legend created as the birds, without fail circle around the monastery before they head home.

But beneath all the glory and adulation lies the truth a little too sad to be told. These animals are dying. They're becoming extinct. Yes, they all hang around in the valley, but there's a reason they do so: they spend their nights in swamps to avoid being predated on. Hyenas, wild dogs, the likes roam the valley hoping to catch this seasonal prey.

This conservation centre, nestled on the foothills of the valley does a great job promoting the cause of the black necked crane. Visitors are ushered in to watch a 20 minute video on the crane, before walking through several exhibits about the crane. There's information in 4-5 languages (inc French and German). And finally, a display room with binoculars looking into the valley where these birds reside. We were lucky in that we went during the season so they were around.

The best, although rather poignant part was behind the centre, where they're currently nursing an injured crane. It was a sorry sight. But the good news is that she's on the mend, and will be "released" back to her family in the swamps pretty soon!

Please do visit. I do believe that holidays are about enjoying oneself and not forcing ourselves into a guilt trip over everything humans are doing wrong. But once in way, it's vital to know the state of our flora and fauna, and what we can do to be good citizens and co-exist on this planet.
The Conservation Centre overlookin…
One of the injured cranes currentl…
One of the injured cranes currentl…
Black necked cranes in the Phobjik…
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NickelP says:
Congrats on your feature!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2017
vulindlela says:
Posted on: Mar 03, 2017
Vikram, congrats on your featured review. Well done.
Posted on: Mar 03, 2017
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