News Update: 9 Barasingha were successfully captured from the fennel field in Sarhi area of Kanha National Park and sent to Satpura Tiger Reserve. Among the Barasingha sent, there are 2 males and 7 females. Earlier, 106 Barasingha were sent from Kanha to Satpura Tiger Reserve which included 22 males, 74 females and 10 children.

9 Barasingha were sent from Kanha to Satpura Tiger Reserve. The capture process was led by Sunil Kumar Singh, Field Director Kanha Tiger Reserve. During the operation, Puneet Goyal, Deputy Director (Core), Dr. Sandeep Aggarwal, wildlife doctor and his rescue team and other officials and staff of Kanha Tiger Reserve. Permission was given by the Government of India and the Government of Madhya Pradesh for the translocation of the state animal Barasingha to the Satpura Tiger Reserve. The boma specially constructed for Barasingha capture was inspected and a strategy for Barasingha capture was prepared.

Their number in Kanha is around 948.

The capture process was started from 8 am on Monday. The process of Barasingha capture was completed at around 10:30. Barasingha was sent to Satpura Tiger Reserve in a specially built wildlife transport truck under the supervision of the rescue team. With the aim of increasing their numbers in the state, in the last few years, 7 Central Indian Hard Ground Barasingha have been successfully shifted to Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal and 48 to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. There were only 66 Barasingha left in Kanha in the seventies, due to better conservation by Kanha management, now their number has increased to about 948 in Kanha.

Barasingha in Kanha National Park Madhya Pradsh

The Barasingha, also known as the swamp deer, is indeed one of the iconic species found in Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India. Kanha National Park is renowned for its rich biodiversity and is one of the prime tiger reserves in India. The barasingha is particularly significant because Kanha is one of the few places where the hard-ground subspecies of barasingha, also known as the Kanha subspecies (Rucervus duvaucelii branderi) can be found.

The name "barasingha" comes from the Hindi words "bara" meaning twelve and "singh" meaning horns, referring to the impressive antlers that adult males develop. These deer are adapted to marshy and grassy habitats, making Kanha's meadows and grasslands ideal for their survival.

Extra protection efforts have been put in place to protect the Barasingha population in Kanha, as they faced significant decline due to habitat loss and hunting in the past. Kanha's successful conservation programs have helped increase their numbers, but they still remain vulnerable, highlighting the importance of continued conservation efforts in the region.