Bannerghatta swaps two lions for three new species of animals

Visitors to the Bannerghatta Biological Park can now also see the Open Bill Stork, Four Horned Antelope and the Jungle Cat.

Bannerghatta Biological Park is happy to announce the addition of three new species of animals into its inventory that is kept for the public display. These animals have been received from Nandankanan Biological Park, Bhubaneswar in exchange for two pairs of lions from Bannerghatta Biological Park on November 5th 2014, through the Animal Exchange Program which was approved by the Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi.

Four Horned Antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis)

Three (One male, two females)

The four-horned antelope or Chousingha, is a species of small antelope found in the open forest in India and Nepal. The most distinctive feature of the animal is the presence of four horns; a feature unique among extant mammals. Only the males grow horns, usually with two between the ears and a second pair on the forehead. The first pair of horns appears at just a few months of age, and the second pair generally grows after 10 to 14 months.

Open Bill Stork (Anastomus oscitans)

Four (Unsexed)

The Open Bill Storks have been procured from Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar. The usual foraging habitats are inland wetlands. They are only rarely seen along river banks and tidal flats. They prey upon snails commonly.

Jungle Cat (Felis chaus)

Two pairs

The Jungle Cats have been procured from Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar. The Jungle Cat is a medium-sized cat, native to Asia from southern China in the east, through Southeast and Central Asia to the Nile Valley in the west. It is the largest of the living Felis species. In India, they are the most common small cats among the felidae. It has a small tuft on the ears, a comparatively short tail and a distinct spinal crest. Because of its long legs, short tail and tuft on the ears, the jungle cat resembles a small lynx.

Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak)


Four pairs

The Barking Deer (Muntjac) have been procured from Nandankanan Biological Park, Bhubaneswar and have been kept for the public display from today November 5th. When they sense the presence of a predator, they emit sounds that sound like the barking of a dog. The adult male and female muntjacs are solitary. During the rut, their home ranges overlap for a short period. The young leaves the mothers territory when it is just about six months old, after which it must fight for its own territory. They also display both diurnal and nocturnal activity. The Indian muntjac is found in tropical and subtropical deciduous forests and scrub forests, as well as in the hilly country on the slopes of the Himalayas.

Out of the four species, three species of animals are being housed at Bannerghatta Biological Park for the first time. With the addition of these species, the total number of species at the park amounts to 91. 


The content has been provided by the Executive Director of Bannerghatta Biological Park, and has been published with minimal editing under the Message Forward section, a space meant for non-profit public interest messages by individuals and organisations. 


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