Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is the fastest running antelope in India. Here you may watch a herd of female and young blackbucks at Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary in Haveri district of the Indian state of Karnataka.
Classified as a 'Near Threatened' antelope found in Indian sub-continent by IUCN Red List, Blackbuck is protected under the Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. This beautiful animal shows sexual dimorphism. While adult male Blackbucks are elegant black in their colour with their unique corkscrew horns, females and young males are brown without horns.
Blackbuck Sanctuary at Ranebennur in Haveri district of Karnataka comprises sprawling grasslands of 119 square kilometers. It was notified as a protected area in 1974. It is home to more than 6000 blackbucks, as per census figures. The sanctuary is a fit habitat for the endangered bird – Great Indian Bustard also. However, there are not recent sightings of this bird reported from the sanctuary.
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