Black Giant squirrel at Nameri National Park, Assam, India

The Black Giant Squirrel or Malayan Giant Squirrel lives up its name as it is one of the world’s largest squirrel species - it is distinctly bicoloured with a dark upper body, pale under parts, and a long, bushy tail.

Apart from Nameri National Park, the Black Giant Squirrel is also found in  the Kaziranga National Park also in the state of Assam, India plus in the Neora Valley National Park, Kalimpong, in the state of West Bengal, India. India is home to three giant squirrel species and the other two are Indian Giant Squirrel and Grizzled Giant Squirrel.

When compared to the nocturnal Flying Squirrels - the  Malayan Giant Squirrel are diurnal or active during the day - and similar to the Flying Squirrels they are arboreal that means tree-dwelling + herbivorous .

The Black Giant Squirrel prefers wild forest and feeds on seeds, pine cones, fruits, and leaves. A solitary animal the Malayan Giant Squirrel  has a litter of from 1 - 2 young ones that it raises in a drey (nest of a tree squirrel) which is usually found within a hollow space of a tree.

Like other species of the squirrel family the Black Giant Squirrel also communicate through a series of vocal chirps, barks and alarm calls. How to reach Nameri National Park?

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Tag : Travel Assam | Content: | Image: MitaliBaruah | Update: 28-Jul-2021