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New additions to Krishnagiri dam park

Spotted deer at KRP dam park in Krishnagiri. —Photo: N. Bashkaran

Spotted deer at KRP dam park in Krishnagiri. —Photo: N. Bashkaran

The Krishnagiri dam park has in the last two months found new additions. Six spotted fawns were born recently, taking the spotted deer population to 63 here in the picturesque park enclosure around Krishnagiri reservoir.

The park, spread over an area of 50 acres including a children’s play area, has an exclusive deer enclave.

The beginnings of what today stands at a significant deer park serving as a home to 57 adult deer population, could be traced back to the late 50s.

The first deer arrived here as a gift from a retiring judge to the then newly constructed Krishnagiri dam in the late 1950s, says V.Samraj, Assistant Executive Engineer, Krishnagiri reservoir project (KRP) dam.

Sometime, in the late 50s, a retiring judge gifted the newly constructed reservoir and its park with his pet deer.

Today the spotted deer population has risen to 57.

First deer

The first deer is believed to have been gifted around 1958-59 by a judge who was posted here until then and was leaving town post-retirement, says Mr. Samraj, attributing it to hearsay, in the absence of any recorded proof however.


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