Gir National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary
Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only remaining home of the Asiatic Lions. To find majestic lions prowling around freely, Gir National Park is the only place in the world besides the jungles of Africa.
The Sanctuary is a part of Kathiawar- Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion, located in Talala Gir in Gujarat.
Besides lions, leopards are the main attraction of the park. Other wildlife one can spot are sambar deer, chowsingha (the world’s only four-horned antelope), jackal, India fox, hyena etc.
Gir Forests have a topography made up of successive rugged ridges, isolated hills, plateaus and valleys. Besides, being the last abode of Asiatic lions, Gir Forest forms a unique habitat for many mammals, reptiles, birds and insect species along with a rich variety of flora. Moreover, the park invites bird watchers for its more than 200 species of avifauna.
Some of the most prominent are the endangered white-backed and long-billed vulture. The sanctuary is internationally acclaimed for successfully saving this precious species from the brink of extinction.
It was declared as a sanctuary in 1965. Subsequently out of the 1153.42 sq. km area of the sanctuary, an area of 258.71 sq. km. was declared a National Park.
Gir provides you with the unique experience of visiting a place which almost singularly plays a crucial and defining role in the preservation and sustaining of a certain species.