Saving the Chinkara

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The Chinkara is a small species of deer, found mostly in the drier parts of Western India. Although India is home to a sizeable chunk of the global population, their numbers here are on the decline.

As their natural watering holes dried up in the arid winters, the chinkara would be forced to approach human settlements to access their water sources and would eventually be attacked by dogs, sometimes getting fatally injured. The number of chinkara thus killed every year was estimated to be in the thousands.

With the cooperation of the local communities, INTACH worked on creating watering holes for the animals that would sustain till the next year’s rains, thus eliminating the need for them to approach human settlements. Watch the video below for the story: