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Government of West Bengal
Directorate of Forests

Wildlife Wing

Jorepokhri WLS

Jorepokhri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. An area of 4 ha. was declared as a WildLife Sanctuary vide notification No.1107-For/11B-51184, dt.11-03-1985.

A small lake at Jorepokhri is 28km. from Darjeeling harbours the high altitude animals like Himalayan Newt or Salamander. The forest is artificially decorated and offers some breathtaking views.

Himalayan Salamander is one of the rarest and oldest amphibian creature existed before the giant dinosaurs. Once regarded as totally extinct from this planet earth, it was found living in the hills of Darjeeling in 1964 at Jorepokhari, 20 km from Darjeeling. It is understood that this Himalayan Salamander is a very premitive and highly endangered species. This Himalayan newt has rough-skin, measuring about 160 mm to 170 mm when it reaches full adulthood. This species mostly confined to Eastern Himalayan, from 4000 ft. to 8000 ft. elevation in this mountain region. This extremely rare amphibian, which is found, in the hills of, Darjeeling ,is called "Goro" by the local people.