Satpura Tiger Reserve
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
SATPURA TIGER RESERVE
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Second Home for Swamp Deer

Translocation of the Barasingha

The Hard ground Barasingha (Cervus duvauceli branderi), has been reintroduced into the Satpura tiger reserve to establish a new and separate population of this endangered deer family. The Hard ground Barasingha more commonly known as the central Indian Barasingha is an endangered species presently endemic to the Kanha National Park Madhya Pradesh. It is a sub-species of the Indian swamp deer (Cervus duvauceli duvauceli), a North Indian subspecies occurs mainly in the Dudhwa national park in Uttar Pradesh. One more North-Indian sub-species (Cervus duvauceli ranjitsinghi), found in the Kaziranga National Park, Assam. Satpura Tiger Reserve was a historical distribution range of the Hard ground Barasingha and its total disappearance has now conclusively been attributed to Habitat loss and poaching. Today the reintroduction site is one of the best wildlife protected areas in the country and offers tremendous potential for propagation of the species. At present the hard ground Swamp deer or Barasingha population exists in only one place in the world, that is Kanha Tiger Reserve. Historically as per book evidence, Barasingha was common in Pachmarhi region and Bilaspur region also.

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Barasingha

To save the population in case of any epidemic or natural disaster second home for Swamp deer /Barasingha was proposed in RF compartment no 13 & 14 situated in old Bori Village of Bori Sanctuary of STR.

For this purpose the services of Mr. Carl Less – A South African Naturalist who is expert in translocation of wild animals was also availed.

The Govt. of M.P. vide their order dated 25 Feb 2011 has approved conditional sanction for the project. The Govt. of India has also approved the relocation vide letter no 1-4/2007 (Pt-2) – 4 May 2011 and permitted for relocation of 20 (5 male+15 female) Barasingha.

The Govt. of India has asked for comprehensives Habitat Suitability Report (HSR). Then SFRI Jabalpur, under Shri Khageshwar Naik (Ret. CCF and ex. FD Kanha) has prepared complete comprehensive report (HSR) which was dually approved by Wild Life Institute of India (WII).