Sambar in its habitat

A. J. T. Johnsingh
A stag that had just come out of a wallow, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. Photo: Manoj Nair
A doe and its suckling fawn. Usually, one fawn is born after an eight-month gestation period and twinning is rare. Photo: Manoj Nair
A stag in rut. An interesting behaviour shown by rutting stags are stamping in wet areas and wallowing in mud. Photo: Aditya Singh
A doe in oestrous and a rutting stag, Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. Photo: Aditya Singh
A tiger advancing towards a sambar, not in the picture, in Ranthambhore. Photo: Gobind Bhardwaj
A tiger chasing a sambar doe in Ranthambhore. Photo: Gobind Bhardwaj
A tiger with its kill, a sambar fawn, in Ranthambhore. Photo: Gobind Bhardwaj
A camera trap picture of a tiger chasing a sambar doe in the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. Photo: Bivash Pandav
A magnificent sambar stag in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. Photo: Balan Madhavan
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. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
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. Photo: Kalyan Varma
A group of sambar in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
This deer habitat in Chilla Range, Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand, seems to be degraded. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Speeding vehicles have killed hundreds of sambar over the decades. Photo: Bivash Pandav
An ensnared sambar fawn. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh