- Site number:1850
- Area:90 ha
- Designation date:20-10-2008
- Coordinates:27°00'N 87°55'E
Mai Pokhari. 28/10/08; Ilam; 90 ha; 27°00'N 087°56'E. A permanent freshwater pond to the south of Mt Kanchendjunga (3rd highest peak of world), recharged from natural springs and rainwater which provides a major source of fresh water for local communities. It lies in the eco-tone of Schima-Casanopsis and Oak-laurel vegetation providing habitat for significant epiphytic orchids as well as for protected species such as White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis), Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and Eurasian Otter (Lutra Lutra), and endemic species like Hariya cheparo (Japalura variegata). The site has highly significant religious-cultural value as the convergence point of Buddhism, Hinduism and Mundhum (animism) traditions as Mai-Religio-Culture; the site name means mother pond. Introduction of exotic plant and fish species are noted among many potential threats to the site. Ramsar site no. 1850. Most recent RIS information: 2008.
- Last publication date:20-10-2008