India - Gujarat Wildlife Tourism

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Gujarat Wildlife Tourism

Gir National Park and Sanctuary

The Gir National Park located in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula, is a home to about 300 Asiatic lions. There are teak, ber, and flame of the forest and banyan trees. It also has nearly 210 leopards and numerous chital, nilgai, chinkara, the four homed antelope and wild boar.

The forest is rich in bird life and the birds found here are paradise flycatcher black headed cuckoo shrike woodpecker, Bonelli's eagle, crested serpent eagle, painted sand grouse, bush quail and grey partridge.  

Wild Ass Sanctuary (Little Rann of Kutch)

The Wild Ass Sanctuary located in the Little Rann of Kutch of the Gujarat State is a vast desiccated, unbroken bare surface of dark silt, encrusted with salts which transforms into a spectacular coastal wetland after the rains. There are around 253 flowering plant species, 93 species of invertebrates, 4 species of amphibians, 29 species of reptiles, and 33 species of mammals.

Blackbuck National Park

The Blackbuck National Park, Velavadar in the Bhal region of Saurashtra is a unique grassland ecosystem that has attracted fame for the successful conservation of the blackbuck, the wolf and the lesser florican.
 
Marine National Park
    
The Marine National Park in the Gulf of Kutch of Gujarat is the country’s first Marine National Park. The corals create fantasies in stone and are the master builders of the Park. One of the most threatened birds, the great Indian bustard finds a refuge in certain pockets of protected areas. Turtles, shrimp, sponge, eels, sea urchin and fishes are common in the Park.

Vansda National park

The Vansda national Park in Navsari district, Gujarat has pangolin, rusty-spotted cats, Jungle Cat, Civets, Mongooses, Macaques, Barking Deer, giant squirrels, Hyenas and a wide species of birds like Great Black Woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Shama and Emerald Dove, Grey Hornbill, Racket-Tailed Drongo, Paradise Flycatcher, Leaf birds, Thrushes, Sunbirds, peafowls etc.

Nal Sarovar Sanctuary

The Nal Sarovar Sanctuary is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat with a variety of flora and fauna. It has shallow area and ponds on the outer fringes of the lake which attract the wading birds that feed in the shallow waters. The area supports more than 210 species of birds besides a few mammalian species including the endangered wild ass and the blackbuck.

 

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