Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sangai-Brow antlered deer


Sangai is one of the rare breed of deer.This type of breed is flourish in only three parts of Asia.Sangai is commonly known as Brow-antlered deer and the scientific name, Cervus eldi eldi McClelland. It lives in the marshy wetland in Keibul Lamjao. Its habitat is located in the southern parts of the Loktak Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Eastern India. It is also one of the seven Ramsar sites of international importance. The habitat of the Sangai is now protected as the Keibul Lamjao National Park.

The Sangai is the State animal of Manipur, and is projected as the social and the cultural identity of the State. In order to protect the animal from poachers, people living around the Keibul Lamjao National Park have formed local clubs and non-governmental organisations and together they form a collective body known as the Environmental Social Reformation and Sangai Protection Forum, in short called as ESRSPF. Units of the ESRSPF are spread out all across the lake area.

Even though the Govt. has taken many steps to save Sangai,there are still threat for this animal to extinct.Due to inactivity of the Govt. organisation,killing of Sangai by hunters and also due to drastic changes in ecosystem.


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