Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'
All over India, once extensive grassland habitats have disappeared, and, with them, the herds of antelope and gazelle that were once a common sight. Real estate develoment is the 'last nail in the coffin' for plains species like the Blackbuck.
A lone blackbuck walks through real estate development bordering the Vallanadu Blackbuck sanctuary, Tuticorin District, Tamilnadu. About 70 blackbuck are present in the sanctuary and are frequently seen outside its boundary in search of grass.
Vallanadu Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area created for the protection of Blackbuck. Located on an isolated hillock in Vallanadu Village of Srivaikundam Taluk, it is the southernmost place in India where a natural population of Blackbuck exists (courtesy Wikipedia).