Fauna in Gir National Park
Gir National Park is a popular wildlife reserve in Sasangir, Gujarat. Fauna in Gir National Park forms a major part of wildlife in Gujarat. It is a beautiful park dotted with an abundance of flora, fauna and avifauna alluring a lot of travelers from India as well as from abroad. Sprawling over an area of 1412 sq km, Gir National Park is one of the most attractive National Parks in India.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, than there is no better place than this National Park. Fauna in Gir National Park are numerous and diverse. Gir provides shelter to a large number of fauna and avifauna species The park is home to a number of species of lions and leopards making it one of the major big-cat hubs in India. Gir National Park is the last and only home of the gravely endangered Asiatic Lions. There is also a large population of marsh crocodile or mugger in Gir. The large water bodies at the park like the Kamleshwar Dam houses several crocodiles and birds.
Let’s have a deep description of Fauna in Gir National Park-
There are roughly 2375 fauna species, out of which there are 38 species of mammals, 37 species of reptiles, 2000 species of insects and 300 species of avifauna.
Asiatic Lions, Indian Cobras, hyenas and Indian leopards form the prime attractions of the park. Other than this you may also spot rarely seen species like Indian mongoose, Indian palm civets, ratels, desert cats, golden jackals, jungle cats, sambar, chital, four-horned antelope, chinkara, wild boar, blackbucks, porcupine and pangolin.
Gir National Park has a wide variety of reptiles including monitor lizard, marsh crocodile, hare tortoise, snakes and pythons.
The national park houses several species of avifauna including brown fish owl, Indian eagle owl, pygmy woodpecker, vultures, crested serpent eagle, Bonelli's eagle, crested hawk-eagle, brown fish owl, rock bush-quail, crested treeswift, Indian pitta and black-headed oriole.