Asiatic Lions

The Asiatic lion, also known as the Indian lion and Persian lion,Sasan Gir Santuary is the last and only home of the endangered mighty Asiatic Lion, Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular attractions of Gujarat. Asiatic lions once prowled from the Middle East to India. Now, only a fraction of these magnificent animals survive in the wild. The Gir Forest's dry teak woods were once a royal hunting ground. Today they are a reserve where these at-risk big cats are heavily protected.


Leopard is considered to be one of the most beautiful and graceful animals in the jungle, also the most dangerous one. Popularity known as the prince of cats. You can identify most leopards by their light color and distinctive dark spots. Those spots are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose. These patterns camouflage their bodies as they move through the grass and trees. This animal is the most adaptable from the family of predators, one the reason why it occupies a much larger spread of Gujarat forest covers, and Sasan Gir National park it has been found in all the varied habitats and vegetations types. The approximate population of 210 Leopards resides within the sanctuary area.


The exotic flora of Gir National Park gives shelter to more than 200 species of birds and moreover the sanctuary has been declared an important bird area by the Indian Bird Conservation Network. Gir is also habitat of raptors like critically endangered white-backed and long-billed vultures.


Gir is blessed with more than 40 species of reptiles and amphibians. Kamleshwar - a large reservoir in the sanctuary is the best spot where Marsh Crocodile can be seen in large numbers. Park has even many species of snake including King Kobra, the Russell's viper, Saw-scaled viper and the Krait.


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OrderFamilyEnglish NameScientific NameLocal Name
InsectivorousSoricidaeGrey Musk ShrewSencus murinusChachunder
InsectivorousErinaceidaePale HedgehogParaechinus micropusShero
ChiropteraPteropodidaeFlying Fox Pteropus giganteusShiyal
ChiropteraPteropodidaeShort Nosed fruit batCynopteerus sphinxChamachidiyu
ChiropteraVespertilionidaeIndian pipistrelle Pipstrellus coromandra-
Chiroptera Emballonuridae Bearded Sheattailed BatTophozous melanopogon -
PrimatesCercopithecidaeHanuman Langur Presbytis entellus Hanuman Langur
PholidataManidaeIndian Pangolin Manis crassicaudataKidikhau
Lagomorpha Leoporide Indian Hare Lepus nigricollis Sasloo
RhodentiaSciuridaeatusFive stripped farm squirrel Funambulus pennantiPanch tapkavali
RhodentiaCricetidaeIndian Gerbille Tetra IndicaOoonder
RhodentiaMeridaeField Mouse Mus boondugaKshetriya Oonder
RhodentiaMeridaeCommon house rat Rattus rattus rattusoonder
RhodentiaMeridaeKutch Rock RatRattus rattus girensisKutch Oonder
RhodentiaMeridaeRock Rat Rattus rattus rufescensOonder
RhodentiaMeridaeBandicoat Rat Bandicota indica
RhodentiaMeridaeIndian Mole RatBandica bengalensis
Rhodentia Hystelidae Indian Porcupine Hystrix indica Shahudi
Carnivora Canidae Jackal Canis aureusShiyal
CarnivoraCanidaeIndian Fox Vulpes engalensisLonkdi
CarnivoraMustelidaeRatal or Honey Badger Mellivora capensis Ghokhodiya
CarnivoraViverridaeSmall Indian Civet Vivericula indica Vij
CarnivoraHerpestidaeCommon MongooseHerpestes edwadsi Naliya
CarnivoraHerpestidaeSmall Indian MongooseHerpestes auropunctatusNano Naliya
CarnivoraHerpestidaeRuddy MongooseHerpestes smithiNaliya
CarnivoraHyaenidaeStripped Hyena Hyaena hyaena Jharakh
CarnivoraFelidaeAsiatic Lion Panthera Leo parsicaSinh
CarnivoraFelidaeLeopard / Panther Panthera pardusDipdo
CarnivoraFelidaeJungle cat Felis ChausJungli Biladi
CarnivoraFelidaeDesert cat Felis LibycaRaan Biladi
CarnivoraFelidaeRusty Spotted catFelis rubignosaTaapkavari Biladi
ArtiodactylaSuidae Indian Wild BoarSus Scrofa Jungli Bhund
ArtiodactylaCervidaeSambar Cervus unicolor Sambar
ArtiodactylaCervidaeChital/Spotted Deer Axis axis Chital
ArtiodactylaBovidaeChinkara / Indian Gazelle Gazelle gazelleChinkara
ArtiodactylaBovidaeBlackbuck Antilope cervicapraKaliyar
ArtiodactylaBovidaeChowsingha Tetracerus quadricornisChowsingha
ArtiodactylaBovidaeNilgai / Blue bull Baselaphus tragocamelus Nilgai

Population Name of Animals

Important Informations

1. Do not disturb the animals during day time as most of the nocturnal animals sleep during day time.
2. Do not try to irritate the animals or make them angry by teasing them.
3. Take official guides along with you on the park trip.
4. Do not smoke inside the park.
5. Do not use flash or intrusive photography.
6. For the safety of the visitors, walking and hiking within the vicinity of the park is not allowed.
7. Camping and picnicking is not allowed within the park.

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