National Geographic : 1976 Sep
MARKHOR Some 250 of these elusive wild goats hold out in India's Himalayan foothills. <- * GREAT INDIAN RHINOCEROS WHITE-WINGED WOOD DUCK The Displaced by agriculture and beset waterfowl have been little studied by poachers, only 900 remain, due to their secluded jungle habitat. HIMALAYAN TAHR The wild goats are thinly scattered between Kashmir and Bhutan. SNOW LEOPARD The demand LADAKH URIAL They survive for fur coats has all but wiped in scattered herds along the out these beautiful cats in India. upper Indus in the Himalayas. LION-TAILED MACAQUE Ruffed and tufted, the 500 remaining monkeys exist only in tiny dots of territory. GAVIAL Once inhabited the many INDIAN WILD ASS Humariisturbance GAUR These ungulates have BROW-ANTLERED DEER Fewer WESTERN TRAGOPAN A rivers of northern India, but have and disease have reduced thn to 720, suffered from hunters, farmers, and than 25 remain in marshlands type of pheasant found only been gravely depleted by hunters. mostly in the Little Rann of jtch. the diseases of domestic cattle. in the State of Manipur. in the Western Himalayas. SWAMP DEER (BARASINGHA) About 3,000 live in isolated marshes and open woodland. ASIATIC ELEPHANT Once roamed almost all the forested countryside. About 7,000 are now left in the wild. J) I) KASHMIR STAG (HANGUL) Probably fewer than 250 inhabit forests around the Vale of Kashmir. SIBERIAN WHITE CRANE Once regular winter visitors to much of the Ganges, they are now seen only in Keoladeo Ghana. GOLDEN LANGUR Unknown to science until 1907, they exist in one small pocket on the Bhutan border. MUSK DEER Protected since 1973, many are still shot by poachers for the valuable musk gland. ASIATIC BUFFALO Fewer than 2,000 remain in jungles and riverine marshes. BLACKBUCK These antelopes are merely sprinkled throughout their original range today. INDIAN TIGER Grand -ize of NILGIRI TAHR Some 1,000 cling Indian hunters, the grei cat to precipitous cliffs in the has dwindled to about oo00. Western Ghats, their only home. GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD Scattered through open grassland of western India. PYGMY HOG They remain only in belts of marshy grassland in Assam and the Himalayan foothills.