The fauna of the Asian continent encompasses unique species, such as all the following curious animals of India.
From the arid areas of the north to the rainforests of the south, India is a unique destination for animal lovers . Safaris, birdwatching sessions in India or animal sanctuaries are deployed throughout the country containing those many unique species that, too, have been threatened during the last decades.
Lion-tailed Macaque : Also known as bearded monkey, this unique species in India lives in the Western Ghats , specifically in the tropical forests located between the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu . This macaque stands out for a black coat that acquires a brown tone in the shape of a beard around its face. Unlike other primates that we can meet in India, the lion-tailed macaque usually runs away from the human being as soon as he notices his presence, which makes him an animal of difficult (but not impossible) sighting for the visitor.
Nilgai : Although its name means blue bull (nil – blue – and gai – beef -), the nilgai is a curious antelope that dwells in the plains and forests of acacias in the central area and, especially, in northern India. Docile in nature, it is one of the most protected species in the country , being possible its sighting in Indian reserves such as the Sultanpur National Park . One of those curious animals from India that you can discover as you pass through states like Haryana .
Indian rhinoceros : one of the three species of rhinoceros recorded throughout Asia belongs to India, being at the same time one of the largest in the world by touching the three tons of weight. The physical feature that most characterizes the Indian rhinoceros is its body plates as a shell, in addition to a speed that can reach up to 60 km / hour. This species lives in the northeastern strip of India, until reaching Bangladesh, being the Kaziranga National Park , in the state of Assam, which houses the largest number of protected rhinos .
Bengal Tiger : India’s quintessential animal can never be missing as a safari attraction, although finding it or not is always a safe claim. The most spectacular tiger in the world , orange and black stripes, is not only the feline with the longest teeth on the planet, but they fiercely defend their territory, they are lonely and, unfortunately, also one of the most endangered species of the India . The Bengal tiger lives in the mangroves of Bangladesh, in the interior of the state of Bengal or the valleys of the Western Ghats, being the Tadoba or the Sundarbans National Park two of the best places to spot it.
Indian Bustard : The Indian subcontinent is one of the best destinations in the world for birdwatching thanks to the many bird species that live in each of its corners. One of them, and the most threatened of Indian geography, is the nice bustard, similar to a crane. Almost extinct in Pakistan, the bustard survives in various parts of the northern half of the country , being one of the most curious animals of India and protected species in places like the Karera Wildlife Sanctuary, in the state of Madhya Pradesh .
These 5 curious animals from India that you can only discover in the subcontinent have been threatened in recent decades, as a result of deforestation or illegal hunting. Luckily, various protected areas and natural parks are home to these and other species between their borders as long as we can all continue to enjoy these exotic natural oddities.