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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.

Musk deer could go extinct if poaching continues at the current rate, according to officials from Wangchuck centennial national park (WCNP) and Thrumshingla national park (TNP) in Bhutan. Read more in November 2014 edition of the Monthly Overview on State of Environment, Bhutan.

There is a reason to cheer for wildlife activists and conservationists as the tiger population in the Similipal National Park has shown a good sign of growth of the National Animal.

Tripura government will set up an elephant reserve at Gandhari in Gomati district for better conservation of the jumbos whose population was dwindling in the state.

The poachers have turned active in Sundarbans under Khulna district due to negligence of the authorities concerned.

At a time when Kaziranga National Park is struggling to save its rhinos, the World Heritage Site received a much-needed boost.

Number of swamp deer has increased at the Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in the last five years.

Counting of swamp deer and one-horned rhino has begun at Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Kanchanpur from today.

The tiger census was completed at the wildlife area a month ago.

Monthly Overview on State of Environment, Pakistan, Dec 2013 Erratic climate change events have hit the rice production in Pakistan this year and to take account of damages, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its end-of-the-season report has downgraded its production forecast for the country by 600,000 tonnes to 8.7 million tonnes (5.8m tonnes, milled basis). Read more in this December 2013 edition of the Monthly Overview on State of Environment, Pakistan

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.