Sangai Brow-Antlered Deer

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  • It is an endemic and rare sub species of brow antlered deer found only in Manipur
  • It is the state animal of Manipur
  • Its habitat is restricted to the marshy wetland of Keibal Lamjao over the floating biomass in Loktak Lake which is locally called ‘phumdi’
  • 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.
  • Keibal Lamjao is the only floating national park in India.
  • Phumdi is the floating mass of entangled vegetation formed by the accumulation of organic debris and biomass with soil.
  • While walking on the floating biomass, Sangai often balances itself which looks as if it is dancing on the green grassland and therefore popularly called as ‘dancing deer’ of Manipur
  • IUCN status : Endangered.

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