Kanha Tiger Reserve

An inspiring project

A barasingha female and a fawn at the Kanha Tiger Reserve. The fawn has spots at birth and is often confused with a chital. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla
The Barasingha population of three subspecies—the hard ground barasingha endemic to Kanha, the northern subspecies and the north-eastern subspecies—is faced with many challenges, resulting in a low growth rate. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla
A full-grown stag with the characteristic 12-point antler configuration. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
Grassland and a waterbody, an ideal habitat for the graminivore, at Kanha. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
In the past, populations of this deer occurred across undivided Madhya Pradesh and in Maharashtra, Bihar, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Photo: Anant Zanjale
The northern subspecies in a swamp, its natural habitat, at the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh. Each subspecies differs slightly from the other morphologically. Photo: Dudhwa Tiger Reserve
A barasingha herd at the Kanha Tiger Reserve, which supports typical central Indian sal forests and grassy plains. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
A tigress watching a herd of barasingha in the distance. Photo: Sudhir Mishra
Jackals go for selective predation of newborns, upsetting the recruitment of the barasingha. Photo: Anant Zanjale
An alert herd, though its anti-predator reflexes are relatively slow. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh
Pythons can sometimes upset the number of fawns in protected areas. Photo: Anant Zanjale
The north-eastern barasingha in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Photo: Kaziranga Tiger Reserve
Kanha is a combination of beauty and biodiversity. Photo: Abhishek Singh