Eight more Barasingha (Cervus duvacelli branderi) captured at Kanha National Park are likely to be released at the Satpura tiger reserve on Monday morning as part of the ongoing Barasingha translocation project. Earlier, eight Barasingha were released at Satpura National Park on March 4.
The state government has permission to transfer 20 hard-ground Barasingha as part of the translocation project.
The 8 specimen sent to Satpura on Sunday include one male and 7 females.
Eight more Barasingha were captured from the Kanha meadow by veterinarians by adopting a passive technique involving a Boma on Sunday.
The animals left for Satpura by a truck specially designed to carry them and are likely to arrive at the park by Monday morning.
The animals will be released at a 30 hectare enclosure at Bori in Satpura park, specially designed for the purpose.
Satpura was chosen as a second home for the hard-ground Barasingha as there was documentary evidence to suggest that the Barasingha existed in the habitat upto the late 19th century.
Kanha is the only habitat in the world where the hard-ground Barasingha is presently found.
Presently there are about 500 hard-ground Barasingha at Kanha, up from 66 that were remaining in the 1960s.
The forest department was keen to create a second home for the species since an epidemic could wipe out the entire population.
"The next installment of four more animals would be sent to Satpura by next week," said field director, Kanha national park, JS Chauhan.