Sambar in its habitat

If it is true that the sambar population in India is declining because of habitat degradation and increased poaching, it is bad news for the country’s conservation efforts in general.

A stag that had just come out of a wallow, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.

A doe and its suckling fawn. Usually, one fawn is born after an eight-month gestation period and twinning is rare.

A stag in rut. An interesting behaviour shown by rutting stags are stamping in wet areas and wallowing in mud.

A doe in oestrous and a rutting stag, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.

A tiger advancing towards a sambar, not in the picture, in Ranthambhore.

A tiger chasing a sambar doe in Ranthambhore.

A tiger with its kill, a sambar fawn, in Ranthambhore.

A camera trap picture of a tiger chasing a sambar doe in the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand.

A magnificent sambar stag in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala.

A sambar doe in Korakundha Organic Tea Estate, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, during the rut season. The sore patch of the Bandipur sambar is missing here.

A doe and a stag in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. Coinciding with rut, a sore patch develops on the ventral surface of the neck of both sexes of the sambar found here.

A group of sambar in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

This deer habitat in Chilla Range, Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand, seems to be degraded.

Speeding vehicles have killed hundreds of sambar over the decades.

An ensnared sambar fawn.

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A stag that had just come out of a wallow, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan.


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