This is the only place outside Africa were Asiatic lions are spotted.
The Gir National Park which sprawls over an area of about It was initially the hunting grounds for the Nawab of Junagadh.
But however later in the year the Government bodies defined an area of about sq km bounded as the Gir forest area. This got extended upto In the year a core area of approximately sq km was officially declared as a national park.
The Gir National Park has a steep history which apart from the wildlife also has places of other attraction like Kankai Mata and Tulsishyam which are antique temples of places of pilgrimage with hot springs.
The forest is famous for its cattle herders, the Madharis, whose buffaloes form a substantial part of the lions' meals. There are lot of folklores and traditions associated with the Madharis for their coexistence with lions.
But however over years their lifestyle has changed a bit. However people who are interested in wildlife keep travelling to the park any time. It has got distinct type of mixed deciduous vegetation along the main rivers and streams. These are broad leaved evergreen trees which add to the moisture content of the weather thus giving the area a cool shade.
There are Teak, Jamun, Tendu and Dhak trees interspersed with large patches of grasslands. With such thick growth of vegetation it is a very pleasant drive within the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary.
But however the forest remains dry for most of the time with scrub trees, like babul and few flowering trees. In India Gir Wildlife sanctuary has the largest population of leopards than anywhere else. There is an interesting breeding farm for crocodile at Sasan, which also provides the specimens that are relocated into the water reservoirs inside Gir.
A forest department guide is always their with the visitors on these jeep trips taken inside the park. There is a fixed entry and exit time into the forest.
The Jeep Safari in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary takes you through the open grasslands, ruins of Wilderness and other forested areas where you can spot wild animals near these places. A couple of tribes still reside inside the park co-existing with the wild animals. A visit to these tribal villages is an interesting experience that introduces the visitors to the unique lifestyle and ways of living of the tribal people.
The other nearby places which can be visited from Dudhwa National park is Lucknow at a distance of about kms and Delhi and its neighboring places.Oct 05, · Gir Sanctuary Latest News and Updates, Special Reports, Videos & Photos of Gir Sanctuary on India TV.
Articles on Gir Sanctuary, Complete Coverage on Gir Sanctuary. Tuesday, October 30, Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sasan-Gir, is a wildlife sanctuary and protected forest area in Gujarat, India.
It is considered one of the most important protected natural areas in Asia due to the rare animals living here, particularly the pure Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo leo).
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The Gujarat Forest Department on Sunday started vaccinating lions in the Gir sanctuary to protect them from a deadly virus blamed for the death of some of the big cats. After examining an additional seven lions, the Gujarati government also found the presence of of babesia protozoal infection, a disease that spread through ticks.
The Gir National Park is situated in the Gujarat state along the south-west border of the Saurashtra Peninsula. It is flanked by three unique reserves namely the Nalsarovar Lake and Sanctuary; the Rann of Kutch and the Flamingo Islands.