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Kanha Tiger Reserve becomes first in India to get official mascot

The step was taken to present the hard ground swamp deer as the spirit of the reserve. It will also spread awareness to save the species from possible extinction.

Mar 31, 2017 15:10 IST
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Bhoorsingh the BarasinghaKanha Tiger Reserve in the last week of March 2017 became the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot, named Bhoorsingh the Barasingha.

The step was taken to present the hard ground swamp deer as the spirit of the reserve. It will also spread awareness to save the species from possible extinction.

Barasingha (swamp deer) is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh. The Kanha tiger reserve is the only place in the world where the species exists.

About barasingha

The barasingha is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent.

Populations in northern and central India are fragmented, and two isolated populations occur in southwestern Nepal. The species is extinct in Pakistan and in Bangladesh.

The species differs from all the Indian deer species in that the antlers carry more than three tines. Because of this distinctive character, the species is designated barasingha, meaning "twelve-tined."

Their population outside protected areas and seasonally migrating populations are threatened by poaching for antlers and meat.

They lost most of its former range because wetlands were converted and used for agriculture.

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About Kanha Tiger Reserve

The Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh.

The Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955. In 1973, the Kanha Tiger Reserve was made.

At present, it stretches over an area of 940 km in the two districts Mandla and Balaghat.

It has a significant population of Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog.

The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of the park provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel Jungle Book.

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