Gangtok, 22 May:
Singhi Kalden Bhutia, who rears 195 Tibetan breed sheep at Thangu in the cold desert of North Sikkim, was conferred the ‘India Biodiversity Award for Conservation’ on International Day for Biological Diversity in Hyderabad today.
Mr Bhutia is the only surviving herder of Tibetan sheep at Thangu village above Lachen in North Sikkim.
The breed, found above the altitude of 16,000 ft, is endangered due to various factors. Braving all odds, Mr Bhutia still maintains a herd of the famous ‘Luk’ or Bhyanglung, the Tibetan highland sheep.
The award was presented by Governor [Telangana and Andhra Pradesh], ESL Narasimhan.
The programme was organized by Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University and Telangana Biodiversity Board.