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About Blackbucks

Context:

A new study from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) found that blackbucks in India have adapted well to natural and human-induced challenges to their survival, with an increasing trend in population numbers compared to the recent past

Relevance:

GS III: Environment and Ecology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Blackbucks
  2. Protection Status
  3. Threats

About Blackbucks

  • The Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is a species of antelope native to India and Nepal
  • It is widespread in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, and other areas throughout peninsular India
  • It is considered as the epitome of grassland and is a diurnal antelope (active mainly during the day)
  • Declared as the State Animal of Punjab, Haryana, and Andhra Pradesh
Cultural Importance
  • A symbol of purity for Hinduism as its skin and horns are regarded as sacred objects
  • A symbol of good luck for Buddhism
Protection Status
  • Listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972
  • IUCN status: Least Concern
  • CITES: Appendix III

Threats

  • Habitat fragmentation,
  • Deforestation,
  • Natural calamities,
  • Illegal hunting.

-Source: The Hindu


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