Kanha to Satpura

Operation Barasingha

Print edition : May 01, 2015

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 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

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.
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