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Four Horned Antelopes sighted in Saranda Forest of West Singhbum District , Jharkhand!!

Establishing the Presence of Four-horned Antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis) in Ghatkuri Reserved Forest, in Saranda Forest of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand

Four-horned antelope (Tetracerus quadricornis) is a small tropical antelope endemic to India and Nepal. Unlike most other antelopes, this species, like the deer, has adapted to live in wooded forest in undulating or hilly terrain. The species, currently listed as vulnerable (IUCN, 2014) and Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972:91, is distributed in all Indian states south of Uttar Pradesh, except Kerala. Existence of this small antelope, that was once common, in Saranda Forest of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, is in peril mainly due to habitat loss and degradation, as a result of threats including fire and development projects mainly mines. The Saranda forest department also are doubtful of its presence in the area. Hence, M/S. Usha Martin Private Limited, as part of their compliance given by the MoEFCC, New Delhi, had to establish the presence of FHA in and around their Ghatkuri Vijay – II Iron Ore Mines, in Ghatkuri Reserved Forest, in Saranda Forest of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand. Further, the condition also specifies that, if FHA presence is established then a conservation plan for this species is to be developed. So Usha Martin Pvt. Ltd, engaged Green Future Foundation (GFF), New Delhi, to carry out this study.