Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is located 54 km from Pithoragarh near Askot in Uttarakhand state of India, nestles at a height of 5412 ft (1650 m). This sanctuary has been set up primarily with the object of conserving the musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) and its habitat. Intensive efforts have been initiated to conserve this rare species. Other mammals found in this sanctuary include the leopard, jungle cat, civet cat, barking deer, serow, goral and brown bear. Many species of high altitude birds are also found in this sanctuary.