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21 Photos That Prove India Has The Most Majestic Wildlife In The World

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2. Adult Male Gaur.

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More commonly known as the Indian Bison, the Gaur is the largest bovine species and is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is also the tallest species of wild cattle.

3. Greater One-horned Indian Rhinoceros.

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The Indian Rhino, has been listed as a vulnerable species due to its dwindling numbers, and is primarily found in Assam as well as in protected areas in Nepal.

5. Bengal Tiger.

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The Bengal Tiger is the reported to be the most numerous tiger subspecies, and is found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Due to the dwindling numbers of this species, since 2010, it has been classified as endangered by the IUCN, with the total number estimated at fewer than 2,500.

6. Lion Tailed Macaque.

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Widely seen over the Western Ghats of South India, the Lion-Tailed Macaque or the Wanderoo is an old world monkey and is distinguished from other primates by its silver-white mane which surrounds its head.

7. Adult Tusker Elephant.

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The Asian or Asiatic Elephant is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is found in Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. It has been listed down as an endangered species by IUCN with the poplulation of the animal decreasing by about 50% over the last three generations.

8. The Indian Roller.

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They are found extensively across tropical Asia as well as in Iraq and all over the Indian subcontinent. The males are very well known for their aerobatic displays during the breeding season. Due to their vast number, several states in India have chosen this bird as their state bird, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha.

9. Grey Nightjar.

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The Grey Nightjar is predominantly found in East Asia, and is sometimes classified as a subspecies of the jungle nightjar, its South Asian cousin.

10. Indian Peafowl.

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The Indian Peafowl is a brightly coloured and large bird that was a native of South Asia, but has since been introduced to other parts of the world, such as Mexico, South Africa, Madagascar, Colombia, Brazil and the United States.

11. The Indian Grey Langur.

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Commonly known as Hanuman Langurs, they are the most widespread langurs in South Asia, and are part of the Old World Monkey family.

12. Indian Tree Frog.

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The Common Indian Tree Frog is known by many names, most commonly Chunam Tree Frog, or Himalayan Tree Frog and is found mostly in South Asia.

13. The Chital (Cheetal).

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Mostly referred to as the male spotted deer, the Chital, is commonly found in the wooded regions of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and to a smaller extent in Pakistan. The name Chital is a variation of the Bengali word chitral, which means spotted.

15. Changeable Hawk-Eagle or Crested Hawk-Eagle.

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These birds usually breed in the Indian subcontinent, primarily in India and Sri Lanka, as well as the southeast rim of the Himalaya across Southeast Asia to Indonesia and the Philippines.

16. Giant Indian Squirrel.

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The Indian giant squirrel is also called the Malabar giant squirrel, and is a large tree squirrel species native to India.

17. Sambar Deer.

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The Sambar is a large deer native to the Indian Subcontinent, however, is also found in southern China and parts of Southeast Asia.

18. Asiatic Lion.

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Also known as the Indian lion, it is a subspecies that exists solely in Gujarat, and has been listed as endangered by IUCN due to it's very small population. As of April 2010, now there are only 97 adult males, 162 adult females, 75 sub-adults, and 77 cubs.

20. Red Panda.

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They are also called lesser pandas and red cat-bears and are native to the Eastern Himalayas and South-Western China. They've been classified as vulnerable by IUCN as their population is estimated at less than 10,000.

21. The Stoat.

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The Stoat, more commonly known as the short-tailed weasel, is a native to parts of Eurasia and Northern America. It is distinguished by other species of weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip.

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