Wildlife in Gujarat

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The state Gujarat offers a great diversity of habitats and has a lot to offer to those that love wildlife. The deep forests at Dang and the Gir give shelter to various sorts of animals, including some of the rarest species that can only be found in Gujarat, such as the Asian lion, the wild ass, the Indian bustard, the four horned antelope (Chowsingha). There are also special bird sanctuaries and an excellent maritime park, when you’re more into the ways of the water. The list that follows is by no means satisfactory and gives only a few names of the many sanctuaries in Gujarat

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Gir National Park

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Gir today is the only place in the world, outside Africa, where the lion can be seen in its natural habitat.From Biblical times till a hundred years ago, the Asiatic lion roamed over a vast area ranging from Greece through West Asia to Bengal and Bihar.The last lion seen outside Gir was in 1884, and  the king of the jungle has taken his final refuge in Gir.Even in Gir the number of lions had dwindled to as low as just 15 around 1910. Serious and timely protection measures have raised their numbers to just over 300.

The Gir lion is majestic animal, averaging more..

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Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located in the Bharuch district, the Shoolpaneshwar sanctuary stretches to an area of 608sq. kms. It boasts abundant plant and animal life. Here you can see leopards, sloth bears, sambar, wild dogs, hyena, barking deer and a variety of birds.

Location : Bharuch District – Dediapada Taluka

Area : Approx. 608 sq.km.

Wildlife : leopard, sloth bear, sambar, wild dog, hyena, barking deer and abundant bird and plant life.Nearest Airport: Vadodara – 125 km.

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Wild Ass Sanctuary

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Main attractions are the wild ass, blue bulls, black bucks, chinkaras, jackals and wolves.

Gujarat is as famous for its large herds of wild asses as it is for its lions. To protect this rare animal, a Sanctuary covering an area of over 4953 sq.kms. was created to offer protection to more than 2100 wild asses inhabiting this area.

In india the horse tribe is represented by the Indian wild ass. In the Little Rann of Kutch, the asses are attracted by the flat grass covered expanses known as bets or islands where coarse grasses spring up in monsoon. With the advent of more..

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address:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dhrangadhra.
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Blackbuck National Park

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Blackbuck N.P., 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.

Once found in open plains throughout the country and the state of Gujarat . Its largest population at present occurs in Velavadar N.P. This exclusively Indian animal is perhaps the most graceful and beautiful of its kind. It has ringed horns that have a spiral twist of three to four turns and are up to 70 cm long. The body’s upper parts are black and the underparts and a more..

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address:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bhavnagar
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Marine National Park

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Gujarat has the distinction of creating the country’s first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq.kms. in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 km. from Jamnagar . Here corals create fantasies in stone and are the master builders of the Park. Their limestone fortresses – those found near the Pirotan Islands and the rich moist deciduous forests like those found in the dense forests of the Danes. One of the most threatened birds, the great Indian bustard finds a refuge in certain pockets of protected areas. The world’s only four-horned antelope, the more..

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address:Conservator of Forests, Marine National Park , Jamnagar.
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Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

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It we had the task of designing a multi-purpose animal that could exploit many habitats. We would be hard pressed to improve upon the birds of the wetlands. We can see that they are at home in water, land and ofcourse superb in the air. In places like the Nalsarovar and Thol lake they are seen in great numbers, the variety of shapes and sizes being simply amazing.

Gujarat has some outstanding places for viewing birds of the wetlands. Just 80 km. from ahmedabad is Nalsarovar, and Thol wildlife Sanctuary is also just 40 km. from Ahmedabad.10 km. from Jamnagar is more..

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Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary

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While there are Parks and Sanctuaries in Gujarat that are famous and have the necessary tourist infrastructures, there are lesser known places that contain interesting wildlife and in certain cases outstanding habitats which merit a visit for those who want to be away from the crowds and want to enjoy what a relatively quite place has to offer. These places are best for a day’s outing and when you are in a big town next to it. Following is a list of few such wildlands. We suggest you contact the offices of the Forest Department in the nearest city or town to get the necessary more..

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Thol Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location : Mehsana District, 40 km. from Ahmedabad

Area : Approx. 7 sq.km.

Wildlife: Rich variety of wildfowls, flamingos, grey pelicans, black ibis and a profusion of other wetland birds.

Nearest Airport : Ahmedabad - 40 km.

Railway Station : Ahmedabad - 40 km.

Contact: Dy. Conservator of Forests, Sector-17, GH-4 Circle, Gandhinagar. Phone : 02712-21260, 21951.

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Vansda National Park

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Vansda National Park .

Location : Valsad District – approx. 40 km. from Billimora.

Area : Approx. 24 sq.km.

Wildlife : leopard, hyena. Wildboar, sambar, four horned antelopes and a rich variety of bird and plant life.

Nearest Airport : Vadodara – 200 km.

Railway Station : Billimora – 40 km.

Contact : Dy. Conservator of Forests,Valsad. or Dy. Conservator of Forests, South Dangs , Ahwa, District – Dangs. Phone: 02631-246 more..

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Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

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Location : In the heart of the city of porbandar

Area : Approx. 1 sq.km.

Wildlife : variety of wildfowls, flamingos, ibis, teals, Curlews and Sizable number of migratory birds.

Nearest Airpor t: Porbandar – 5 km.

Railway Station : Porbandar – 5 km.

Contact : Assistant Conservator of Forests, Porbandar Wildlife Snactuary, Porbandar. Phone: 0286-23368

Accomodation : Hotels at Porbandar.

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Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

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Located in the Banaskantha district, 35 kms. from Palanpur, and 40 kms from Ambaji, the Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a safe haven of the sloth bear one of the most peculiar bear species. Unlike most other species that tend to be aloof and prefer to live alone, the sloth bear prefers to live in a community. The male of the species plays an important part in raising their offspring a trait not visible amongst the other species.

Other wildlife found there are leopards, sambar (deer), Nilgai (blue bull), wild boar, porcupine and a variety of birds. 

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