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Chat on "DEER AND ANTELOPE" dated November 18, 2003

    shyam anybody online?

    jayant hi shyam

    shyam cool atleast u came

    shyam i am from bhubaneswar XIMB

    shyam shall we start

    jayant do you know that India is the only country to have Deer & Antelope


    shyam really

    jayant sambar, cheetal, musk deer, barking deer are deers

    shyam spotted deer, spotted mouse deer, swamp deer

    jayant while neelgai, blackbuck, chinkara are antelopes

    jayant the swamp deers are endemic to India

    shyam and u know sambar is found in india , ceylon, south east asia and

          its distribution is almost throughtout india and its population trends

          have been stable

    shyam and neelgai is the largest antelope

    jayant yes i guess its thanks to Project Tiger

    shyam yes

    jayant in some northwestern parts of india neelgai is considered as pest

    shyam infact swamp deer is endemic to central india and current regional

          distribution is in madhyaopradesh and parts of orissa

    jayant black buck is another endimic species

    jayant very true, there are two subspecies

    shyam yes

    jayant one is the hard footed while other is the soft footed

    jayant Kanaha & dudhwa harbours a healthy population of the Barasingha

    shyam black buck they r distrubuted in india pakisthan and nepal in india

          they are seen in peninsula It is the state animal of andhra pradesh and

          their major threat is hunting and loss of habitat

    jayant i guess not as they are grass land antelopes

    shyam hey jayant u would definetely like to know this interesting deer

          that is spotted mouse deer or the indian chevrotain this is very small and

          ht is only upto 25-30cms weight to 3kgs it is distributed in india

          srilanka and nepal in india found in peninsular region

    jayant the Bishnoi tribes of rajasthan are responsible for conservation of

          black bucks in Rajasthan

    shyam yeah

    jayant tell me

    shyam they are very tiny creatures with very slender limbs and high hind

          quarters. because of their small size , shy habits and very protective

          colouring they easily escape obsevation

     jayant yes

     jayant are they different form mouse deers?

     shyam their coat is olive brown minutely speckled with yellow the flanks

          are marked with rows of buffs or white spots which elongate and pass into

          longitudinal bands

    shyam yes

    shyam oops they are similar

    jayant yes then I have seen one at Bhimakshankar

    shyam one interesting thing is their ability to climb up the inside of

          hollow standing tree when chased by dogs etc

     jayant in local lingo they are called pisori

     shyam oh

     shyam nice to know

     jayant the exact status of this deer is not known because of its elusive


    shyam well u must be knowing abt musk deer (kasturi mrig)

    jayant the male has the musk glands

    shyam yeah

    shyam and the chowsingha that is the four-horned antelope it lives in

          hilly areas and also in open jungles near water

    shyam this is found in india and nepal it is found throught out india

          except northeast

    jayant its a very cute antelope

    shyam and jayant i think we should not forget the cinkara -indian gazelle

    shyam can i know where u r frm

    jayant we can remain in touch by mail my address is

    jayant Pune

    shyam well do mail me if u find some free time

    jayant sure


    jayant ok bye for now

    jayant see you on the chat on 18 december 2003

    shyam i think we missed one imp thing --Deer and Antelope are

          often confused, but they are two quite distinct groups of animals. Deer

          have solid, branched antlers which are made of bone, have a blood supply

          and are grown and shed each year. Antelope on the other hand carry horns

          which are not shed, but grow a bit every year leaving ring marks on the

          horn. They are hollow and are made of modified skin, rather like nails and

          claws. Both deer and antelope are found in India

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