(Last Updated on : 17/12/2008)
The Chinkara found in the grasslands and desert areas of India, parts of Iran and Pakistan is a species of gazelle (a variety of antelope) found in South Asia. It is also known as the Indian Gazelle Gazella or gazella bennetti.
This gazelle stands at 65 centimetres and weighs about 23 kilograms. During the summers the body of the chinkara coats a warm biscuit, or reddish-buff colour, with smooth, glossy fur. In the winters the white belly and throat fur is in greater contrast. The sides of the face have dark chestnut stripes from the corner of the eye to the muzzle bordered by white stripes. The horns of the chinkara can grow as long as 39 centimetres.
The chinkara is basically a shy and demure animal and stays away from human habitation.They have a special characteristic which helps them survive against all odds. They can go without water for long periods and can even live on fluids collected from plants and dew drops.It likes dwelling in solitude . Although they can sometimes be spotted in small groups of three or four individuals. It is classified as extremely vulnerable and included in the list of highly endangered species. It is declining because it is still hunted for the purpose of game.