First photographic evidence of Sambar deer reported in Sikkim sanctuary
The photographs of the animal were captured by our camera traps placed at two locations, ZSI Director Dr Dhriti Banerjee said.Sambar is one of the largest deer belonging to the family Cervidae.
Spotting of Sambar (Rusa Unicolor) was not officially reported from Sikkim earlier. The photographs of the animal were captured ''by our camera traps placed at two locations,'' ZSI Director Dr Dhriti Banerjee said.
The study has opened up new avenues for further population monitoring and protecting habitats in and around the PWLS, Banerjee said.
''Photographic capture of Sambar through our study indicates the availability of good quality habitat for Sambar,'' ZSI scientist Dr Lalit Kumar Sharma said. Two of the 76 cameras used in the exercise captured photos of Sambar individuals and those of a female and a fawn. The photographs were taken in April-May of 2019. Collating and crosschecking pieces of evidence took time for reporting the matter, Banerjee said.
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