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Kanha to Satpura

In January and March this year, 16 barasingha deer were transported from the Kanha National Park in a large customised truck specially to the Satpura Tiger Reserve, where they are expected to breed in a specially designed enclosure and will be gradually released into the wild.
Female barasingha deer at Kanha. The female deer comes into the estrous cycle only once a year and delivers a single fawn after a long gestation period, which is one of the factors making the barasingha an endangered species.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
The majestic barasingha of Kanha, called so because of the antlers sported by the male of the species.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
A typical Kanha habitat, with a mixed herd of barasingha and axis deer.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
The infrastructure for the South African "boma" method to capture the barasingha. The capture enclosure consists of a wide funnel tapering into an animal selection-cum-loading chute.Photo: P.K. Varma
The specially designed transportation truck with ramp, chute and funnel that was used to transport the deer from Kanha to Satpura.Photo: Suresh Deshmukh
The barasingha deer being transported to Satpura from Kanha in a customised truck in March. Eight animals were transported in January and another eight in March.Photo: Sandip
The barasingha deer transported from Kanha being released into the enclosure specially designed for them at the Satpura Tiger Reserve.Photo: Subharanjan Sen
Sambar and axis deer at a waterhole at Kanha.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
A mosaic of different habitats at Kanha.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
A watery barasingha habitat at Kanha.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
A wild dog preying on a female barasingha at Kanha.Photo: SUDHIR MISHRA
A herd of gaur, or Indian bison, at a waterhole in Kanha.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
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