Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary
The last home of the Asiatic Lion, Sasan Gir Lion Sanctuary is a model of success for conservationists. A century ago, there was about 20 lions left in this area; currently there are almost 300. The 'Gir Lion' (as it's now known) is relatively easy to view and photograph, in comparison to the elusive tiger and most other big cats. This is partially due to the fact that the protection offered to the wildlife in this Park is among the best in India, so they have less fear of humans.
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The 1424 sq kilometer Park is mostly hilly, and all wheel drive vehicles are the best way to explore the rough terrain. Jeep safari's are the chosen means of transportation in Sasan Gir. There are a number of rivers that flow through Gir, and the green belts surrounding them provide a striking contrast to the rest of the Park. Although not as lush and conventionally scenic as some other sanctuaries, Sasan Gir has a stark charm all of it's own, and it's dry deciduous jungle is also populated by teak and bush filled grasslands.
Sasan Gir has a large population of leopards, as well as more than a fair share deer and antelope. Wild boar, panthers, hyenas, and jackals are found here, as are more than 300 species of birds. There is a large reptile population, including a crocodile farm that's been developed in the jungle.