A 1412 square kms jungle with 260 square kms declared as the national park, Gir in Gujarat, is the only jungle that remains home to the Asiatic Lion- the animal glorified by the Greeks, Romans and Persians over millennia in their sculptures and their folklore, sometimes as the Nemeus Lion in Greek mythology and sometimes as the griffin with wings.
With 360 odd left in the world, the dry deciduous forests in the semi-arid western part of India is the last abode of the big and regal predator, the Asiatic lion.
Besides the Asiatic Lion you will also spot the Spotted Deer, Blue Bull (locally called Nilgai), Wild Boar, Sambar, Four-horned Antelope (only found in Gir), the Jackal and sometimes a Python and a Flying fox. You also have a rare sight of the Leopard in the Gujarat Jungle.
Around 300 species of birds are found in the park- some resident and some migratory. The birds of prey are Shaheen Falcon, Bonelli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Spotted Owlet, Brown Fish owl, Tawny eagle, Shikra, Brahminy kite and the Blackwinged Kite. Some other species found at Gir are Grey Quail, Jungle Bush Quail, Grey Partridge, Nightjar, Black-headed Cuckoo Shrike, Gray Drongo, Pied Woodpecker, Black Ibis, and White-necked Stork .
In the middle of the jungle you will find the huts of the Madhari's, the jungle people who have long inhabited in the place despite of losing some cattle as prey. The Orientation Center inside the park, the Sinh Sadan Complex, shows a film every evening with information on the lions and their conservation efforts.
There are 8 routes to explore the jungle with the popular ones being Kamaleshwar Dam, Kankai, Chodavdi and Tulsishyam.
So awaken your wildlife mood and set out to watch the Asiatic lion in the western part of India. Get in touch with Go Caribou to help you plan your tryst with wildlife. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +91 9870259496