Balukhanda forest division attempts rare Blackbuck conservation in Odisha

Konark: Konark Balukhanda forest division has received ten rare blackbucks including six females and four males from Nandankanan in Bhubaneswar late on Tuesday night. An attempt will be made to increase the population of the rare blackbucks in the Konark Balukhand forest area, said reports in this regard.

According to reports, these blackbucks were kept overnight in a special cage near the proposed forest, 3 km from the Konark-Kakatpur road under the supervision of Konark Forest Division. In the early morning on Wednesday, 10 forest department officials including forester Sudarshan Deori, Forester Kailash Chandra Naik and Elina Priyadarshani shifted the blackbucks to the proposed site.

It worth mentioning that the approximate age of the blackbucks is around two to three years and they weigh around 50 to 60 kgs  each. After a long gap of 12 years, due to the efforts of forest department, this rare black deer has returned to its natural habitat in the sanctuary, which is a preferred environment of the blackbucks.

The Konark Forest Department has also provided their daily natural food in a 10 acre area within the sanctuary near near Konark Kakatpur Main Road. A specially made grass field planted with four types of preferred grass was prepared and adequate water has been provided.

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