Rucervus duvaucelii

About the Barasingha

The barasingha, or swamp deer, used to be found over many areas of India covered by moist deciduous forests. The population has declined drastically over recent years mainly due to loss of habitat. This could be for wetland reclamation, timber cutting, illegal gathering of timber or the growth of tree plantations. Poaching and diseases introduced by cattle may also have been factors for its decline.

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They are also known as swamp deer.

The only Indian deer species with more than 3 points (called tines) on each antler.


Barasingha are grazing animals which feed on grass and aquatic plants.

Northern India and Nepal

Barasingha deer are listed as vulnerable which indicates they are at risk of becoming endangered.

Although a protected species they still come under threats such as illegal hunting, destruction of their natural habitat and over grazing in their home range from livestock.


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