Zoological name: The zoological name of Barasingha (or swamp deer) is Cervus
duvauceli. There are three races of swamp deer. They include the
tarai race (Cd.duvauceli), the central race (Cd.branderi) and the
eastern race (Cd.ranjitsinhi) .
Distribution: They are found in a few isolated pockets of India. The tarai race is confined to tarai region of Vttar Pradesh (mainly in the West Kheri Forest Division near the Sarda river). The central race is solely restricted to Kanha national park, Madhya Pradesh and the eastern race is confined to Assam and in northern Bengal.
Habitat: They live in grasslands, river banks, vicinity of swamps and inside the forests. The tarai race and the eastern race are found in swampy dry grassland, while the habitat of central race is open hard-ground grass land.
Reproduction: Puberty is attained at about two years of age. The onset of rut is marked by two important behaviour patterns- wallowing and bugling. They usually mate between November and March. The female drops normally one young after a period of 240-250 days of gestation.