Sangai, Brow antlered deer, Dancing Deer
115-130cm (Males), 90-100cm (females)
90-125kg (Male), 60-80 kg (Female)
State animal of Manipur, Schedule-1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, Endangered on IUCN Red List
Conservation IssuesSangai was believed to be almost extinct by 1950, but six individuals were spotted in 1953 and the State of Manipur has protected the species to increase the population to 204. Sangai faces threat from steadily degenerating habitat of phumdi as a result of continuous inundation and flooding caused due to artificial reservoir. Water quality of the reservoir is degrading due to pollution and stoppage of nutrient supply. There is also invasion of non-native plants like Paragrass. There has been decrease in area of phumdi from 31.60 km2 in 1993 to 23.72 km2 in 2010.
Sangai also faces threats of diseases from the livestock, inbreeding depression and poaching.