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A Fascinating Blackbuck Quiz

Test your knowledge about one of the fastest animal in the world with this quiz!
Sohini Mallick Dec 18, 2020
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Scientific Name
The scientific name of Blackbuck is Antelope cervicapra. The term 'antilope' is derived from the Latin word "Antilopus", meaning "horned animal".
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Scientific Description
Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician, described the genus Antilope in the year 1758.
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Did You Know?
Also known as Indian antelope, blackbuck is native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal, and extinct in Bangladesh.
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Know for a Fact...
On an average, horns of a fully-grown adult male blackbuck can be up to 35-75 cm. Blackbuck horns are known to be long and ringed.
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Standing Tall
The average height of an adult blackbuck is between 74-84 cm. In some cases, these animals might reach up to the height of a human shoulder.
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Weight Matters!
A fully matured female blackbuck weighs between 20–33 kg. Its average weight is up to 27 kg. Males are bulkier and can weigh between 20–57 kg.
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Distinct Identity
The male blackbuck has horns and females have no horns. However, in some rare cases, females may develop horns too, but they are not as long as those of males.
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Color Me Bright!
Male blackbucks have a two-tone coloration. The upper portion of the body is either brown or black and the lower portion of the body is white.
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Daytime Acts
Blackbucks best survive in a hot and sunny climate. They are mostly active during the day (diurnal) and inactive at night.
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Survival Instincts
Blackbucks can survive in hot, semi-arid regions, which have water scarcity. These humble creatures are known to survive by drinking water only twice a day.
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Mythical Significance
As per Hindu mythology, blackbuck is the animal that draws Lord Krishna's chariot, which is why it is called Krishna Mrig in Sanskrit. The animal is also the mount of gods Vayu (wind) and Chandra (moon).
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Threatened Species
PETA has listed blackbuck as an “extremely vulnerable species”. This creature is on the Endangered list in India and is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
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