Feeding Ecology of Chinkara (Gazella Bennetti Sykes) in Desert National Park,
Department of Zoology, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
- *Corresponding Author:
- Jaipal BR
Department of Zoology
Jai Narain Vyas University
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 20, 2015; Accepted date: June 02, 2015; Published date: June 09, 2015
Citation: Jaipal BR (2015) Feeding Ecology of Chinkara (Gazella Bennetti Sykes) in Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India. J Biodivers Endanger Species 3:155. doi:10.4172/2332-2543.1000155
Copyright: © 2015 Jaipal BR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Chinkara (Gazella bennetti) is the state animal of Rajasthan and protected under the schedule- I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. This is herbivore and mainly found in arid and semi-arid regions. Survival of the chinkara is depended on the natural vegetations those are found in its surrounding habitats. Chinkara feeds mainly on twigs, leaves, flowers and fruits of small trees, bushes, grasses and herbs etc. The study was conducted on the feeding ecology of chinkara in Desert National Park. Direct observation technique was used for taking observations. Seasonal variations were found in its feeding preference. During monsoon season chinkara mostly likes grasses and herbs whereas in summer it feeds upon leaves, twigs, flowers, fallen pods and fruits of bushes and trees. Maximum grazing activities were recorded in monsoon season whereas maximum browsing activities were recorded in summer season.