WEST INDIA WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES
The Wild Ass Sanctuary (Gujarat) in the Little Rann of Kutchis home to the endangered Asiatic wild ass. Besides, nilgai, antelope and chinkara are also to be seen. A desert- like tract of salt pans, the Rann becomes a vast salt marsh in the rains- inviting millions of flamingoes to come and nest here. Birdlife includes demoiselle cranes, pelicans and the threatened Houbara bustard.
Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh) is Kipling country, so memorably described in The Jungle Book. Lying in a valley in the Satpura range, this deciduous and scrub Jungle is ideal for tiger spotting.
Sasan Gir National Park (Gujarat) is a dry deciduous teak forest, the only place where the Asiatic lion survives in the wild.
Desert National Park ( Rajasthan) near Jaisalmer is a fragile but teeming ecosystem. It is noted for black bucks, chinkara, desert foxes, monitor lizards, snakes and over 100 bird species. But it's best known as the habitat of the endangered Great Indian bustard.
Earlier a duck hunting reserve of Kings, Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Rajasthan) is a World Heritage Site and hosts hundreds of local and migratory bird species.