|Asiatic Lions- Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary|
Population of these lions grew significantly with the establishment of Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary by the government in 1965. Besides lions, many of the animal species can be found in the wildlife reserve, such as, Indian Leopard, Sloth Bear, Striped Hyena, Golden Jackal, and Desert Cat. Every year, leisure tourists and wildlife enthusiasts book their accommodation in Gir National Park resorts to explore the abundant flora and fauna of this region. They also get the opportunity to tour some of the popular places of interest around Gir during their stay in these resorts.
Although the national park and sanctuary of Gir does not have a designated area for visitors, an Interpretation Zone has been made available for tourists within the wildlife reserve.
It has helped in reducing the harmful effects of tourism on Gir's wildlife and in promoting nature education among visitors.