Rare Animal Species In India
Malabar Giant Squirrel
The Malabar Giant Squirrel, also known as Shekru, is a rodent species native to India and comes in vibrant colours — black, cream and purple. Even after measuring 3 feet in length, it is not easy to sight these animals amidst the dense forest canopy of Southern India.
As opposed to other squirrels that store their food in the ground, these vibrant and colourful rodents hop from one tree to another and store their food up in the treetops.
Dugongs are enormous vegetarian mammals found in warm coastal waters of the Indian Ocean.
According to the last survey conducted by the ZSI in 2013, just 250 Dugongs remain in the Indian seas.
Indian Giant Flying Squirrel
Several species of flying squirrels exist in India, of which, a majority of them are found in the northeastern states. Their flying membrane extends from their wrists to ankles, which enables them to glide from one tree to another.
Listed as endangered, these cute little mammals are found in the forests of Sikkim, western Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, and parts of Meghalaya. It is also the state animal of Sikkim.
This subspecies is native to India and is found only in the valleys of Jammu & Kashmir. Their magnificent antlers make them stand apart from other species of deer.
Indian Flying Fox
These are basically fruit bats, but are called flying foxes due to their resemblance to foxes. If you see them, you’ll most probably mistake them for foxes with wings. They are endemic to South Central Asia and live in tropical forests and swamps.