Salman Khan case: All you need to know about Blackbuck
New Delhi : Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been granted five years in jail after being found guilty in the black buck poaching case. He has also been imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000.
The other actors involved in the case - Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari - have been acquitted by the court.
As per court Salman Khan killed at least two black bucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hain.
The actor was convicted under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which carries maximum punishment of six years and minimum one-year jail term.
Salman Khan and other actors had reached Jodhpur to hear the verdict on Thursday.
Facts about blackbuck:
1. The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) also known as the Indian antelope.
2. The species was first described by Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus in 1758.
3. Males blackbuck weight around 20–57 kilograms while females are lighter, weighing around 20–33 kilograms.
4. Male have ringed horns, 35–75 cms. long, though females may also have horns .
5. Herbivores blackbuck grazes on low grasses.
6. Females become sexually mature at eight months, but usually do not mate before two years. Males mature later, at one-and-a-half years.
7. Gestation is typically six months long, after which a single calf is born.
8. Its lifespan is typically 10 to 15 years.
9. IUCN tagged the blackbuck as Near Threatened.
10. Hunting of blackbuck is prohibited in India under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
11. The blackbuck has 30 male chromosomes and 31 female chromosomes.
12. Major predators of blackbuck are Wolves, Cheetahs and pariah dogs.
13. Water is a daily requirement of the blackbuck so they prefer to stay near water.
14. In the Indian subcontinent, the blackbuck can also be found in deserts (in the northwestern region), coastal areas, and mountains (in the northern-northeastern region).
15. Blackbuck prefers a bit warm climate.
16. The blackbuck is active mainly during the day.
17. Blackbuck is found in several protected areas of India, including: Gir Forest National Park and Velavadar Wildlife Sanctuary (Gujarat); National Chambal Sanctuary, Guindy National Park, Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary (Bihar); Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary (Karnataka); Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary (Maharashtra); Ranthambhore National Park and Tal Chhapar Sanctuary (Rajasthan); Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Vallanadu Wildlife Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu).
18. Blackbuck milk contains 6.9% protein, 9.3% fat, and 4.3% lactose.
19. The tentative numbers of blackbuck is between 40000 to 50000 in India.
20.It can run at the speed of 50 km/hr.
Input from Agencies