Gir national park is the last remaining refuge of Asiatic lions in India. Spread over 1,412 sq km park in Junagadh district of Gujarat, the national park was the erstwhile game preserve of the Nawab of Junagadh.
The Asiatic lions are the prime attraction of the park. The dry deciduous forest is also home to other wildlife species. There are around 300 leopards which includes jungle cat, desert cat, and rusty spotted cat. Sloth bears, Indian cobras, striped hyenas, golden jackals, Indian mongoose, Indian palm civets, and ratels can also be seen in the park.
There are 300 species of birds, most of which are resident. Some of the typical species of Gir include crested serpent eagle,endangered bonelli’s eagle and crested hawk-eagle.Gir Interpretation Zone is an important part of the Gir Protected Area. The four sq km zone has a cross-section of wildlife and a visit here almost guarantees a lion sighting.
The park’s wildlife is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers and photographers.