The Barasingha, also known as the swamp deer, is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent. It is a deer species with conspicuously large antlers. Overall, this mammal has as much as 12 antlers. In fact, the name of this species has Hindi origin and means ’12-antlered deer’. Unfortunately, Barasingha is nowadays among the most vulnerable deer species not only in the Indian Peninsula, but also throughout the world. The remaining small population of this species inhabits protected sanctuaries of India.

Here is a young Barasingha with damaged skin in Gir National Park.


Chitals in Gir

The chital or cheetal, also known as the spotted deer, chital deer, and axis deer, is a deer species native to the Indian subcontinent. While males weigh 150–200 lb., females weigh around 88–132 lb. Males are larger than females, and antlers are present only on males.They are quite abundant in Gir National Park, India.

Chital Male
Chital Female

Tadoba – Spotted Deer

The spotted deer, or chital, is the most common deer species in Indian forests. With a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years, it stands at about 35 inches tall and weighs about 187 pounds. The deer’s golden-rufus coloring is speckled with white spots, and it has a white underbelly.

Here is an image of female spotted deer in the deep forest of Tadoba National Park, India.

Deer Deep in the Woods

Tadoba – Female Sambar Deer

Sambar deer are light brown or dark with a grayish or yellowish tinge. Despite their lack of antlers, female sambar readily defend their young from most predators, which is relatively unusual among deer. 

These female and young sambar deer were captured in Tadoba National Park, India. 

Female Sambars Posing
A Sambar Family

Tadoba – Male Sambar Deer

The sambar is a large deer native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia that is listed as a vulnerable species. Deer is a group of mammals with more than 60 extant species, whereas Sambar is one particular species of deer with eight subspecies. The male sambar bears long, three-tined (or pronged) antlers. Here are images of the male sambar in Tadoba National Park.

Male Sambar Collage