Sangai deer found in Manipur to be translocated [ Current Affairs ]

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Sangai Deer was found in Manipur. Manipur State Forest Department has decided to translocate a section of critically endangered species of Brow Antlered (Sangai) deer with an aim to save it from extinction. The deer is endemic to Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) will be translocated to Pumlen Pat which is close existing habitat to Loktak.

  • Sangai Deer (Rucervus eldii) also known as Dancing Deer which is the state animal of Manipur. Once it was found across the Manipur Valley in abundant now only its remaining natural habitat is found in Keibul Lamjao National Park.
  • Pumlen Pat was chosen for translocation as it is also a floating biomass (phumdi) and comprises of small hillocks which will provide natural habitat for this deer species.
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park is listed as an endangered species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Conservation efforts have helped in reviving the population of the deer to 204 in 2013 from less than 100 in 2008.
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) is a floating biomass in Manipur’s Loktak Lake. It is only floating national park in the world. In 1966, the Park was initially declared as a Sanctuary and later it was declared as National Park through a gazette notification in 1977.

- Published on: June 24, 2015