The Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh is the first tiger reserve in India to get the official mascot named ‘Bhoorsingh the Barasingha’. The mascot was introduced by reserve’s field director of Kanha Tiger Reserve, Sanjay Shukla.
- Barasingha was made the mascot after the idea given by the award-winning cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty from Nagpur, who makes cartoons and illustrations on wildlife.
- In addition to that, selfie points were also kept with life-size cutouts of Bhoorsingh at key locations like interpretation centres and gates inside the reserve.
Barasingha was chose as a Mascot because it has one of the biggest wildlife success stories, which was on the state of extinction in the year 1970, to increase to more than 800 in 2017.
- Barasingha which is the other name for swamp deer, which is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.
- The Kanha Tiger Reserve which is spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts in Madhya Pradesh is the only place in the world where swamp deer species exists.
About Kanha Tiger Reserve
- Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh which is also called Kanha National Park.
- It was created on 1 June 1955 and in 1973 was made the Kanha Tiger Reserve which was divided into Hallon and Banjar.
Meaning of Mascot
- Mascot means a person or a thing that brings good luck, especially one linked to a particular organization or an event.
- The Mascot for Rio Summer Olympics games, 2016 was Vinicius and for Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, 2018 will be Soohorang.