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Can You Name 12 Animals from India?

Can you name 12 animals unique to India?
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12 Animals from India

Indian Elephant or Asian Elephant, Asiatic Lion, Lion Tailed Macaque, Great Indian Rhinoceros, Leopard, Neelgai, Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Ass, Pangolin or Scaly Anteater, Chinkara, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Flying Fox

 

Indian Elephant or the Asian ElephantBaby Indian elephant at Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

    Habitat:  Tropical forest habitats from moist, evergreen lowland forest to dry semi-deciduous teak forests to cooler mountain forests up to 10,000 feet. They also frequent adjacent grasslands and farm areas.

    National Parks:  Bennarghatta National Park, Karnataka, Kaziranga National Park, Assam, Periyar National Park, Kerala

    Status in the Wild:  Endangered

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Asiatic LionRuchi, parent of two children has used the lessons here since 2007.

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Lion Tailed Macaque Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion-tailed_MacaqueLion Tailed Macaque

Habitat:  Lion-tailed macaques live in southwest India in pockets of evergreen forests, called sholas, in the Western Ghats range. They live at elevations between 2,000 and 3,500 feet. Lion-tailed macaques are unique to India. In the early 1970s, they still ranged through the southern third of the country. Today, they only live in mountain forests scattered across three Indian states: Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.

National Parks:  Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu, Mundanthuri Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Status in the Wild:  Endangered

More Facts At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion-tailed_Macaque

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Great Indian RhinocerosGreat Indian Rhinoceros  Source: http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/indrhino_p2.htm

Habitat:  Found only in the  tall grasslands and forests in the foothills of the Himalayas.

National Parks:  Kaziranga National Park, Assam; Manas National Park, Assam

Status in the Wild:  Endangered

More Facts At: Canadian Museum of Nature http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/indrhino.htm

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LeopardBaby Indian elephant at Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Habitat:  The leopard lives in all types of habitats from open country to thick forest.

National Parks:  Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan; Sariska National Park, Rajasthan

Status in the Wild:  Near Threatened

More Facts At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Leopard

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NeelgaiNeelgai  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nilgai

Habitat:  They live on a variety of land types from hillsides to level ground with scattered grass steppes, trees, and cultivated areas, but not in thick forests.

National Parks:  Sultanpur National Park, Haryana

Status in the Wild:  Secure

More Facts At: Haryana Online http://www.haryana-online.com/Fauna/neelgai.htm

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Royal Bengal TigerBengal Tiger Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_tiger

Habitat:  Habitats include dense thickets, long grass, or tamarisk shrubs along river banks.

National Parks:  Kanha National Park, MP; Bandavgarh National Park, MP

Status in the Wild:  Endangered

More Facts At: Tiger Facts

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Wild Ass Wild Ass Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Wild_Ass

Habitat:  Flat grassland covered expanse known as bets (islands where coarse grasses springs up during the monsoon).

National Parks: Little Rann Of Kutch, Gujarat

Status in the Wild:  Endangered

More Facts At: Indian Wildlife http://www.indian-wildlife.com/wildasssanctuary.htm

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Pangolin or Scaly AnteaterIndian Pangolin or Anteater Source: http://www.ecoindia.com/animals/mammals/indian-pangolin.html

Habitat:   Variety of habitats - forests, hills, cultivated land, rocky crevices.  Found in much of Eastern and Northern India and in Tamil Nadu and Kerala also.

National Parks:  Found in many National Parks

Status in the Wild:  Near Threatened

More Facts At: http://www.ecoindia.com/animals/mammals/indian-pangolin.html

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Chinkara Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_GazelleChinkara

Habitat:  Grasslands and dessert

National Parks:  Kutch Dessert Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat, Gir National Forest, Gujarat

Status in the Wild:  Least concern

More Facts At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Gazelle  

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Nilgiri TahrNilgiri Tahr Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nilgiri_Tahr

Habitat:  Hills of southern India at elevations of about 1,800m (6,00 ft.)

National Parks:  Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Status in the Wild:  Endangered

More Facts At: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/9917/0

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Indian Flying FoxIndian Flying Fox Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Flying_Fox

Habitat:  This species roosts in large colonies of hundreds to thousands of individuals on large trees in rural and urban areas, close to agricultural fields, ponds and by the side of roads  It feeds on a wide variety of fruits and flowers, both wild and cultivated. A single young is born between April to early June. It travels long distances, up to 150 km to and from its roost, a night in search of fleshy berries. 

National Parks:  Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Palamau Tiger Reserve and Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary in Jharkhand, Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh, Molem National Park in Goa, Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Chilka (Nalaban) Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa and Indravati National Park in Chattisgarh.

Status in the Wild:  Least concern

More Facts At: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/18725/0    

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Last reviewed December 2010

 

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