IMPHAL, Feb 19 � With the addition of five new births, the number of Brow-antlered deer popularly known as Sangai (Cevus Eldi Eldi) in local tongue, is on the rise in Manipur.
Confirming this, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Wildlife Anil Kumar told The Assam Tribune, �Earlier, there were just nine Sangais, now we have 14.�
The new births were reported from the second home of the rare deer at Langol Hill range located close to Manipur Zoological Garden (MZG) at Eroishemba, four km west of Imphal, in the last four months.
The 40 sq km Keibul Lamjao National park, the only floating park in the world, located on the southern part of Loktak Lake in Bishnupur district, is the only existing natural habitat of the Sangais.
The last census, carried out in 2003 by the Wildlife Institute of India, recorded Sangai population of 180 including 65 stags, 74 hinds and 41 fawns.