Sasan Gir Forest

The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Sasan Gir, is a forest-cum-sanctuary in the Indian state of Gujarat famous for being the only abode of the Asiatic Lion. It was however not long ago that this majestic creature, which now is the prime attraction of the park, was on a death-bed counting its days as its population shrank to a record low, prompting the park authorities to chalk out a master strategy to reverse the trend. The efforts bore fruit and today, according to a Lion Census of 2010, there are 411 lions in Gir, a stunning reversal of fortunes for the Asiatic Lion.

The entire forest area of the Gir National Park is dry and deciduous which provides best habitat for Asiatic Lions. As per the new statics of 2015, the entire Saurashtra Region is inhabited by 523 Lions and more than 300 Leopards. Apart from these two animals the park is a home to two different species of Deer. The Sambar is counted largest Indian Deer. The Gir forest is also known for the Chowsingha – the world’s only four horned antelope. The Jackal, striped Hyena and India Fox are some of the smaller carnivores found in Gir Forest.