Times News Network, May 17 2017
MUMBAI: At 6.35pm, a coming of age chital rubs the velvet off his antlers against a tree trunk, while his herd of nine, consisting females and juveniles, browses nearby. As the sun goes down, the herd moves towards Vihar lake for the last drink of the day, no longer in view from the watchtower.
The annual 24-hour waterhole census at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has thrown up a pleasant surprise. The sighting of spotted deer has increased more than threefold. While 115 spotted deer were seen during the 2016 census, the number rose to 392 this year.