blackbuck / indian antelope

(Antilope cervicapra)

Found on the plains and open woodland of India., the name blackbuck comes from the adult male whose coat turns a dark black as he becomes dominant; subordinate males maintain a body colour similar to the females.  The females remain a light tan colour all year round. Blackbuck can often be seen to ‘pronk’, a movement that combines running with a very high leap in the air, which is thought to be a way of avoiding predators.

Gestation period:

150 – 180 days

Threats to species:

Habitat loss due to farming and hunting.



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