Swamp deer struggling hard to cope with translocation adversities

31st May, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

CHITWAN : Swamp deer shifted to Chitwan National Park (CNP) from Shuklaphanta National Park are struggling to adapt to their new habitat.

Among seven swamp deer brought here from Shuklaphata, three have already died.  According to CNP assistant conservation officer Abhinaya Pathak, two deer died shortly after their shifting while the third one died in the third week of May.

Three female and one male deer are alive now.  The CNP believes that two deer succumbed to physical and mental exhaustion caused by a long travel. It took 16 hours to bring them here from their previous habitat.   The third one seemed tired since its arrival and hesitated to move.

The CNP hopes that remaining four will be able to overcome travel fatigue as they have started moving gradually and grazing.

The CNP has suspended its plan of  bringing 25 swamp deer here from the Shuklaphanta with the death of the three deer, said  CNP Chief conservation officer Ramchandra Kandel, stressing the need of seeking a safer way  for bringing this species of deer and identifying a suitable habitat before their shifting.