Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
Distribution, ecology and conservation status of blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra): An update
Author(s): Renu Meena, Ram Prakash Saran
Abstract: Blackbuck is the most elegant member of the antelope family. It has long association with Indian culture. Male and females have sharp sexual dimorphism – adult males are dark with long spiral horns while female and fawn are yellowish brown. They show variation in its diploid chromosome number. The Blackbuck is native to India and can be seen in the majority of Indian grasslands. Seasonal food availability and its quality, the sun elevation and temperature of the area are important factors for foraging activity. They feed on fresh tender leaves, grass, crops, cereals, vegetables and leaves of shrubs and trees. Due to combined efforts of communities and forest department of India, the population is increasing in various habitats.