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NIlgai 

(Boselaphus tragocamelus)

Found throughout India, Nepal and Pakistan, the nilgai is the largest of the antelope species in Asia. Their name, literally translated means blue cow and the males are easily recognisable with a blue/grey colour and small horns.  Females and males remain segregated for most of the year except when the bulls join the cows for breeding.  When chased, a nilgai can run up to 29 mph.  

Gestation period:

243 – 247 days

Threats to species:

Extinct now in Bangladesh, this species is under threat due to hunting and habitat destruction. Due to it being seen as an agricultural pest, the Nilgai is now legally protected in India.

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