It is home to one of the rarest animals in the world - the Lesser Panda or the Red Panda as it is commonly known. Balpakram is renowned for its forest covered canyon-cum-gorge, which is now part of a National Park. The park also includes the Balpakram plateau and adjacent forests. Balpakram is a place of perpetual winds, covering an area of about 220 sq. km with a variety of wildlife including tigers, elephants, bison, black bear, leopards, sambar deer. It is situated near Baghmara in South Garo Hills District of Meghalaya. The western part of the park adjoins with the Siju bird sanctuary along the banks of Simsang River.