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Parks and Reserved Forest

The protected areas of Bhutan are its national parks, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Most of these protected areas were first set aside in the 1960s, originally covering most of the northern and southern regions of Bhutan. There are five national parks, four wildlife sanctuaries and one nature reserve, which together constitute about 43% of Bhutan, or 16,396 sq km. Today is a biodiversity hotspot, one of the last remaining in the world, 72.5% of the total land is covered by forest with 60% of the land is already under protection as nationals parks, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries.