Wild Animals in India
Wild Animals in India
The Nilgiri Tahr, is an endangered mountain goat, found primarily in the
Western Ghats including the Nilgiri Hills of South India.
Royal Bengal Tiger
The Royal Bengal tiger, the national animal of India is an incredible sight.
With its orange hide marked with dark stripes, its white underbelly, long
tail, huge paws and fearsome teeth, the Royal Bengal Tiger of India is justifiably
called the "King of the Jungle."
The King Cobra, found in India is the largest venomous snake in the world.
In a single bite it can inject enough venom to kill an elephant - up to
6- 7 ml. This is enough to kill up to 20 people. The King Cobra is worshipped
in India, particularly on the festive occasion of Nag Panchami and is depicted
in sculptures on temple walls and celebrated in myth and legend.
The Leopard is a striking looking feline. One of the Big Cats, the Leopard
with its golden yellow coat marked with rosettes, is a compact hunting machine.
The Barasingha or Swamp Deer, is an endangered species of deer, and can
be seen in protected sanctuaries in India. They derive their name from the
large antlers of the adult male Barasingha, which may grow to have more
than 12 points, hence the translation of its name in Hindi, 12- antlered
Also known as the Asian elephant, the Indian Elephant is a gentle giant.
Often tamed for use as a load-bearing animal, elephants are prized for their
immense strength, their sedate nature when tamed and are worshipped in India
as an incarnation of the elephant headed god Ganesha.
The Asiatic Lion has been known in India for centuries. The Ashoka Pillar,
which is the national emblem of India, depicts three snarling Asiatic lions
with beautifully carved curling manes and expressions.
Great Indian Rhinoceros
The Great Indian Rhinoceros, also called the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros,
is characterized by the single horn on its nose and by the loose folds of
its thick skin. The horn is seen on both male and female Rhinos but not
young ones below a year in age.
The Snow Leopard, seen in the Himalayan regions of India is a beautiful
animal, which looks different from the leopard found in more tropical regions.