Asiatic lion once amply found in Indian as well as Asian jungles is becoming considerably rare. This predator which was described in the story books as king of the forest has reached a near extinction. Earlier due to their abundance in Indian jungles they were popularly called Indian lion. After the population of these royal animals with a beautiful mane reached a record low number serious efforts were made to preserve this endangered species. A save lion project implemented in the thick forests of Gir in Gujarat helped in increasing the dwindling number of these big cats. Some of the highlights of the park are
- Combined efforts of Gujarat Government, organizations dedicated to conservation of wild life and NGOs gave birth to the Sasan Gir National Park which was declared as a protected area and a national park in 1965. Exclusive flora and fauna of Gir, a wide spread area of around one thousand one hundred fifty sq.km made this region perfect as abode of the Asiatic Lions.
- This forest with more than four hundred plant species and abundance of teak is classified as dry deciduous type. Gir is an important platform of educational as well as scientific research which entertains its visitors with its plethora of attractions.
- Apart from Asiatic Lion, Gir national park preserves a number of wild animals and an exclusive three hundred species of birds. The bird population observed here consists mainly of scavengers and many resident varieties. Carnivores mainly comprise of Leopards, jungle cats, jackals, palm civets and desert cats.
- Some of the identical programs run by the Park management include Lion breeding centers with facility for artificial insemination. This program concentrates more on creating and maintaining new breeding centers. Counting of the lions is done once in five years. The park also gets credit of supplying the lions to various zoos in the country.
Visit Gir for watching closely the king of the jungles in his natural habitat at interpretation zone created at Devalia, which is located inside the sanctuary. Avail the pleasure of joining Gujarat wild life safaris, which will give you an opportunity to indulge in the calm of Gir jungles for a couple of days.If you are on a tour of this region then you can stay comfortable at the Vanavaso resort in Sasan Gir. This Gir jungle resort offers luxurious rooms for the tourists with a restaurant providing some of the best menus in the region.
United-21 Vanvaso Gir- wildlife resort offering luxury, efficient service and amenities that further your Lion safari experience.
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