Largest of the sub-continent’s antelope species, the robust blue bull is found in small herds inhabiting scrubland and forest margins at the edge of the park. Adult males are a slate grey colour, with tufts of stiff black hair on the throat, and cone- like horns averaging eight inches in length . Females are a tawny brown and lack horns.
This is large omnivore has a shaggy black coat and long, sharp claws, with which it digs for termites. It can be very aggressive if disturbed and males may reach six feet, when standing on their hind legs.
Slightly smaller and less nocturnal that its cousin the sambar, Swamp deer may be found congregating in moderate to large herds in the grassland and woodland of the floodplain.’Barasingha’ means twelve horns, and refer to the massive antlers of adult stags. They are one of the major prey species of the tiger and are seriously endangered.
This is the largest of deer in the sub continent and a big stag may reach 500 to 700 pounds. It has a shaggy brown coat and the stags possess thick antlers with three tines-the full number of points being reached in the fourth year. Forested hillsides are their preferred habitat and their diet consists of grass, leaves and wild fruits. Their powers of sight are moderate, but scent and hearing acute. Sambars are sometimes seen in the small herds.
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