Barasingha

  • Barasingha, or swamp deer is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent.
  • It is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Kanha tiger reserve, spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts (in Madhya Pradesh) is the only place in the world where the Barasingha species exists.
  • Barasingha differs from all the Indian deer species such that its antlers carry more than three tines.
  • Because of this distinctive character it is designated barasingha, meaning “twelve-tined.
  • It has been listed vulnerable in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.