Scent-marking behaviour of Indian Gazelle (Gazella bennetti Sykes, 1831) in Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India.
G.R.Jakher and Sumit Dookia
Scent marking patterns followed by different herds of Indian Gazelle Gazella bennetti in semi-arid region of Rajasthan were investigated for one year. Generally Indian Gazelle deployed some special scent mark methods to define its territory or effective range. Among individuals of a herd, the dominant male exhibited the maximum frequency of scent marking. To observe this peculiar behaviour the study was conducted at 4 different sites on total 13 various herds. In scent marking behaviour, the fecal pellet heaps, bush hitting by horns, eye-rubbing, bed site-path fixation methods exhibited important signs.
Contact: G.R.Jakher, Dept of Zoology, J.N.V. University, Jadhavpur - 342005. Rajasthan.