Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Neelgai in our tiger reserves

Nilagi by Teerath Singh
India is rich in diversity of fauna with a species tag of three hundred fifty plus. The country is home to both the deer and antelope species.  Nilgai or Blue Bull belongs to the family of antelopes and displays all characteristic morphological and behavioural traits of being one.

Unlike the Black Buck and Indian Gazelle which belong to the genus antelope  Nilgai is widespread and abundant. The animal is considered sacred by Hindus hence spared from hunting. Nevertheless conflict with man is a severe problem as it raids the agriculture fields all over its area of existence.  

In MP the animal can be seen in Kanha Tiger Reserve at Sarhi Zone. It can also be seen at Bandhavgarh, Pench, Panna, Nauradehi and other tiger reserves and WLS in Madhya Pradesh.  
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