A Land Of Rare Diversity.
Gujarat is a
unique state that has many kinds of habitats. These varied land forms include the famous
dry deciduous forests like the Gir, majestic grasslands like those found at velavadar,
vast landscapes harbouring rare animals in habitats like the Little Rann of Kutch, wetland
habitats such as the Nalsarovar, marine ecosystems such as those found near the Pirotan
Islands and the rich moist decidouos forests like those found in the dense forests of tha
Dangs. One of the most threatened birds, the great Indian bustard finds a refuge in
certain pockets of protected areas. The worlds only four-horned antelope, the
chowsingha is found here in healthy numbers.
One of the largest herds of blackbucks grace
the grasslands of Velavadar and till recently Gujarat was the place where flamingos nested
in huge numbers. Dugong, a marine mammal which resembles a seal, along with the rare
boralia species have found home in the protected areas of the Marine National Park.
The wildlife is not restricted to National Parks and
Sanctuaries alone. Variety of both resident and migratory birds frequent ponds, lakes and
river sides just outside any town and city. Nilgai, jackals, saras cranes and peacocks,
along with scores of garden and woodland birds frequent the parks, gardens and the
.a sure sign that wildlife here is not hunted and persecuted
but revered and protected.
declared many of its rich and varied habitats as National Parks and Sanctuaries towards
the conservation of the species and for the enjoyment of the visitors who want to make
these beautiful places their tourist destinations.
habitat such as this waterfall is not a rarity, but are there for the interested tourists
to discover in all our National Parks and Sanctuaries.
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