The Last Blackbuck Population in Nepal

Black Buck antelope in the Black Buck Conservation Area, Khairapur, near Gulariya, Nepal (Marc Anderson)


After a long history of hunting and habitat loss, very few blackbuck (also know as Indian Antelope [Antilope cervicapra]) remain in Nepal. In fact, they were considered extinct in Nepal, until a remnant population of nine individuals were discovered in Khairapur in 1975. Since then a small area has been set aside to protect them and now the population is over 200.

This little reserve happens to be quite close to our home, so we finally got to see it yesterday and photograph some of these beautiful creatures.

Adult male Black Buck antelope (Antilope cervicapra) in the Black Buck Conservation Area, Khairapur, near Gulariya, Nepal (Marc Anderson)

A small herd of female Black Buck antelope (Antilope cervicapra) in the Black Buck Conservation Area, Khairapur, near Gulariya, Nepal (Marc Anderson)


Normally I think of antelope as being found in Africa, but not so long ago a number of other interesting animals thrived in the Indian subcontinent. For example, the Asiatic Lion, Asiatic Cheetah, Northern Sumatran Rhinoceros and Indian Aurochs.

Royalty hunting blackbuck with Asiatic Cheetah in South Gujarat, 1812