Bandhavgarh National Park : Bandhavgarh Wildlife: Rare Species

Rare Species at Bandhavgarh National Park

four horned antelopeFour-horned Antelope - Four-horned Antelope stand just over half a metre tall at the shoulder and weigh around 20 kilograms. Four-horned Antelope have a yellow-brown coat with the underside and insides of the legs being white. Its legs are thin and have a black stripe running down the forelegs. Male Four-horned Antelope grow horns. Usually the animal has four; two between the ears and the second pair right on the front of the forehead. The male grows the first pair of horns at a young age of a few months and the second pair of horns indicates age and nutrition inputs to the animal and generally grow at an age of 14 to 15 months. The horns are never shed, but may get damaged during fights.

Panther – The species' success in the wild owes in part to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, and its ability to move at up to approximately 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph) The leopard consumes virtually any animal it can hunt down and catch. Its preferred habitat ranges from rainforest to desert terrains. The Panther pugmarks are smaller than the tiger’s though similar. They might be confused with those of the tiger cubs’ but the tiger cubs pugmarks of similar size usually have those of the mother’s around as well.

The Slot Bear - Usually Solitary!!! it may be seen with young ones over its back especially during late winters. It prefers to come out in the late evening and night. This animal has a very strong sense of smell. Although sight and hearing are poor.

wild dogs in bandhavgarh national parkWild Dogs or Dholes - keep in packs, hunt in packs and have a very well organized social life. Their larger packs may occasionally even take on large carnivores like the tiger or leopard and force them to leave the site.
Initially, an area of 105 sq. km. was declared as the Bandhavgarh National Park in 1968, which was extended to 448.842 sq. km. in 1982. Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary was notified in 1983. In 1993, the Bandhavgarh National Park, the Panpatha Wildlife Sanctuary and the Buffer Zone were together declared as the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.

Hyenas (Hyaena Hyaena) - This scavenger is the odd animal out. It resembles both the cat and the dog, has longer and sturdier forelimbs, depends heavily on its nose , hunts nose, rarely and produces a noise resembling human laughter.

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