India’s only extant red deer species, the Kashmir red deer, or hangul (Cervus hanglu hanglu) is restricted today to the confines of the 141 sq. km Dachigam National Park (NP) in Jammu and Kashmir, with about 200 surviving individuals. A continual population decline of hangul has necessitated the identification of relict populations and suitable habitats outside Dachigam NP, so that a meta-population approach to its conservation may be employed.

Altogether 29 Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZ) spread across 10 states in the country have been notified till now for having environmental resources of incomparable values which require special attention

State government yet to declare buffer zones around habitat of rare species

The hangul (Cervus elaphus hanglu) is of great conservation concern because it represents the easternmost and only hope for an Asiatic survivor of the red deer species in the Indian subcontinent. Despite the rigorous conservation efforts of the Department of Wildlife Protection in Jammu & Kashmir, the hangul population has experienced a severe decline in numbers and range contraction in the past few decades. The hangul population once abundant in the past has largely become confined to the Dachigam landscape, with a recent population estimate of 218 individuals.

Hangul (Cervus elaphus hanglu), the eastern most subspecies of red deer, is now confined only to the mountains in the Kashmir region of Jammu & Kashmir State of India. It is of great conservation significance as this is the last and only hope for Asiatic survivor of the red deer species in India. Wild population of free ranging hangul deer inhabiting in and around Dachigam National Park was genetically assessed in order to account for constitutive genetic attributes of hangul population using microsatellite markers.

After successfully tagging a hangul (Kashmir stag) with a GPS (global positioning system) collar, wildlife scientists in Kashmir have started receiving satellite data which is opening new dimension

SRINAGAR, Sep 16 : Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India, was briefed about the measures being taken by the Government for the conservation of Hangul and other fauna, during his visit to t

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Minister for Forest and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmed today declared Dachigam National Park open for nature lovers and adventure skits interested in mountain cycling.

In a bid to step up the conservation of the critically endangered, “Ghosts of the Mountain” or the charismatic snow leopards and Hangul, a species of red deer, endemic to Jammu & Kashmir, the M

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