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Revisiting 1982 – Part 1
Barasingha by H. S. Pawar
Cradled in the sylvan Mekal hills in the eastern sector of the central Indian highland, Kanha National Park sprawls over an area of 940 square km. in the Mandla and Balahgat districts of Madhya Pradesh. Since the forties, small portions of this picturesque park have constituted the last stronghold of the hardground barasingha and though the forest has enjoyed much better protection than most other forested tracts, the barasingha (Cervus duvauceli branderi), over 3,000 in 1938, dwindled to near extinction levels right up to the 1970, when well-directed efforts were fortunately able to reverse the downward spiral.