Often known as the ‘Dancing deer’, Sangai can be found in the Keibul Lamjao National Park, located in the Bishnupur district of Manipur.  The park, which was declared as a sanctuary in 1966, was subsequently declared as National Park in 1977. Characterized by floating decomposed plants, the national park is the home of Sangai deer as well.


Listed amongst the endangered species by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the Brow-antlered deer was first discovered in Manipur in 1839 and named Cervus eldi eldi in 1844 in honour of Lt. Percy Eld – a British officer and was identified as an extinct species in 1951.


It was again re-discovered in the Keibul Lamjao Park area by environmentalist and photographer E. P. Gee, who declared this reserve park area as a national park to protect and conserve the deer which is now called Eld's Deer's subspecies Brow-antlered Deer (Cervus eldi eldi), or Sangai in Manipuri language.


The latest wildlife census report showed that the number of endangered deer Sangai has increased from 204 to 260 in past three years.

 

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