Near-extinct hard ground swamp deer see revival in Kanha

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News: The population of Hard ground swamp deer (Barasingha) has increased to 800 in the Kanha National park and Tiger Reserve.

Facts:

Barasingha:

  • It is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh
  • IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Kanha National park and Tiger Reserve

  • It is located on the Maikal range of the Satpura hills, and is spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot, Bhoorsingh the Barasingha

Additional Information:

  • There are three subspecies of swamp deer found in the Indian Subcontinent:
    •  The western swamp deer found in Nepal, 
    • southern swamp deer found in central and north India 
    • eastern swamp deer found in the Kaziranga and Dudhwa National Parks.