Newsletter, September’ 11 Issue.
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Gir National Park-Gujarat

Located in the south west of the Saurashtra peninsula in the state of Gujarat, the Gir National Park is spread over an area of 1,412.13 sq. km. It is a mosaic of habitats-deciduous forests, rolling grasslands, thorn scrublands, semi evergreen riverside flora, 7 rivers, marshes and lakes-which combine to make it one of the best wildlife reserves in India.The park was set up in 1965 & since then it has become the successful home to the royal predators- the Lion. The lion population touched an all time low of 20 in 1913 but serious conservation efforts by the then Nawab of Junagarh and by the forest department have successfully brought its numbers to the present respectable status, even though still fragile.

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Other animal residents of the Gir national park are Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Chital, Nilgai, Four-Horned Antelope, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Jackal, and Hyena. Besides its mammal population the park also enjoys numerous aerial population - Bonneli's Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers Flamingo etc. One can also easily spot the marsh crocodile in the waterholes particularly in the lake of the Kamaleshwar dam.
Access: Access:
  • Nearest Airport: Rajkot (160Kms) connected to many Indian cities by regular flights operated by several airlines. Nearest International Airports being Ahmadabad and Mumbai.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Junagadh (54Kms)
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