Gir forest is a 1412 sq km area of dry deciduous
acacia scrub, evergreen and semi-evergreen flora and grasslands,
fed by rivers and streams. Among the many water-bodies in the
reserve is the Kamleshwar Dam, known for its birdlife and for
its large crocodile population.
This wildlife reserve
is the last abode of the Asiatic lion and is also known for its
leopard population. Other mammals that could be seen during
game-watching drives are sambar (India’s largest deer), spotted
deer, the world's only four-horned antelope, blue bull, Indian
gazelle, wild boar, langur, jackal, jungle cat, rusty-spotted
cat, pangolin, striped hyena and black-naped hare. Gir
Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its GIR Lion Safari.
Gir is also favorite
for bird watchers with about 250 species on the forest
department checklist. Gir has a crocodile breeding centre and is
an important habitat for marsh crocodile. Many species of snakes
and lizards can be seen in the sanctuary as also fresh water
turtles and terrapins at the rivers and possibly the star
tortoise. Exclusive GIR Forest Lodging for people visiting
for Sasan Gir Jungle for Lion Safari and GIR National Park
Safari, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and GIR Forest Lodge.
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