Valparai Hill Station, Tamilnadu - India (3/3) - Nilgiri Tahr

by Sreekumar Marar October. 29, 2014 1322 views

Nilgiri Tahr
Nilgiri Tahr is an endangered mountain ungulate listed in schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and considered as endangered by IUCN ( International Union for Conservation of Nature). These Tahrs inhabit the open montane grassland habitat of the south Western Ghats in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. At elevations ranging from 1200 to 2600 meter, the jungle opens into grasslands interspersed with pockets of stunted forests, known as ‘sholas.’ These grassland habitats are surrounded by dense forests at the lower elevations. The Nilgiri Tahrs formerly ranged over these grasslands in large herds, but hunting and poaching in the nineteenth century reduced their population to as few as 100 animals by the early 20th century. Since that time their populations have increased somewhat and presently number about 2000 animals

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Taifallos 6 years, 6 months ago

they are beautiful, and captured in their natural roaming among civilization....

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Kara Bana 6 years, 11 months ago

It wasn't until pic 6 that I thought this is a different type of goat from the markings on their foreheads.
Fun finds!

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Josy 6 years, 11 months ago

Wow splendid "battle" !

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 11 months ago

Great shots!

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G B 6 years, 11 months ago

excellent set! love that 6th shot!

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Mark 6 years, 11 months ago

Great action captured in the later of the set! Love the close-ups of 1 and 3!

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Yokai - 6 years, 11 months ago

7-10 are really exciting and interesting !

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
John Parsons 6 years, 11 months ago

Great animal shots..

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 6 years, 11 months ago

Looks like play time for them.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 11 months ago

That was interesting I like your captures taken in the foliage best.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Walter 6 years, 11 months ago

Nice guys... :-)

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 11 months ago

Oh dear - I thought they were goats too - and I did my degree in zoology many moons ago!

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 6 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the images and info. They look like goats to me, but I am totally useless at zoology.

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 6 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful wild scenes. They seem not fearful of men.

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