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Chinkara (Gazella bennettii), The State Animal of Rajasthan

Chinkara (Gazella bennettii)

  • Context (TH): Rajasthan Court has ordered the payment of half of the fine amount imposed on a convict in a chinkara killing case to the informer.
  • Chinkara (Indian gazelle) is native to Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
  • It is the smallest Asiatic antelope species.
  • It is the state animal of Rajasthan.
  • There are six subspecies. Of these, Deccan chinkara and Gujarat chinkara are found in India.
  • Distribution: Deccan chinkara ranges from the Ganges Valley to Deccan Plateau. Gujarat chinkara is found in the Thar Desert, Rann of Kutch, Kathiawar, and Saurashtra region.
  • Habitat: Arid forests and deserts. It is a shy species and avoids human habitation.
  • Threats: Hunting and habitat loss.
  • Conservation Status:

Chinkara (Gazella bennettii)

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