Asiatic Lion

Gir National Park

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WILDLIFE OF GUJARAT

Gujarat is an absolute treat for the nature lovers due to its rich variety of flora and fauna. The Gujarat state of western India has four National Parks and twenty-three Wildlife Sanctuaries which are managed by the Forest Department of the Government of Gujarat. Along with these there are tons of isolated places like wetlands and beaches which are not under any government control but still very rich in biodiversity

  • Asiatic Lions – Prime attraction of Gujarat

  • Lesser Flamingo – Best place to watch their courtship

  • Shore Birds – Jamnagar is one of the finest place to see in India

WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS

Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1412 sq km hilly tract of dry deciduous forests, Acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen flora and grasslands, fed by rivers and streams. Along with the many water-bodies in the reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known large Crocodile population. Gir has a large population of Marsh Crocodile or Mugger, including the other spices of reptiles and amphibians.

According to official census figures, Gir has about 523 Lions and more then 300 Leopards, making it one of the major Big-Cat concentrations in India. Sambar and Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) Spotted Deer (Chital), (The world’s only Four-horned Antelope) blue bull (Nilgai), Chousingha, and wild boar thrive in Gir. Jackal, Stripped hyena, Jungle Cat, Rusty-spotted Cat, Langur, Porcupine, Black-napped Indian Hare is among the other mammals of Gir.

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a unique wetland area with sea water on one side and fresh water on other side. This area which is about was declared as a Sanctuary on 6th November 1982.

The area of this Sanctuary is 8 km. There are 3 Watch Tower for Bird watching; one can find both types of sea and shore birds. Watching the arrival of the Cranes during sunset for roosting is a fantastic experience.

Some of the notable birds found here are Black neck Stork, Great Crested Grebe, Shikra, Lesser spotted Eagle, Black Ibis, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Great Thick-Knee, Common Greenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Indian Pond Heron, Little Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle & Common Crane, Cormorants and Darters. And the other wild life found here are Blue Bulls, Jackal, Wolf, Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Indian hare and snakes etc.

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