Fauna of Gir National park
According to official census figures, Gir has about 300 lions and 300 leopards,
making it one of the major big-cat concentrations in India. Sambar and spotted deer
(chital), blue bull (nilgai), chousingha (the world's only four-horned antelope),
chinkara (Indian gazelle) and wild boar thrive in Gir. Jackal, striped hyena, jungle
cat, rusty-spotted cat, langur, porcupine, black-naped Indian hare are among the
other mammals of Gir.
Gir has a large population of marsh crocodile or mugger, which is among the 40 species
of reptiles and amphibians recorded in the sanctuary.
The park checklist has 250 birds and about 50 other species (including the endangered
lesser florican and the saras crane) are recorded in the grasslands along the perifery
of the sanctuary. Many species like the painted sandgrouse, grey francolin, quails,
Asian paradise flycatcher, black-naped monarch, white-browed fantail, Asian brown
flycatcher, grey-headed flycatcher, verditer flycatcher, tickell's blue flycatcher,
greenish warbler, white-eye, coppersmith barbet, common and marshal's iora, rufous
treepie, yellow-footed green pigeon have been spotted by our guests around the lodge
itself. Long-billed vulture, Indian white-backed vulture, red-headed (king) vulture,
Eurasian griffon vulture, changeable hawk-eagle, crested serpent eagle, bonneli's
eagle, greater spotted eagle, lesser spotted eagle, tawny eagle, steppe eagle, imperial
eagle, Pallas's fish eagle, grey-headed fish eagle, osprey, peregrine falcon, laggar
falcon, red-headed falcon, oriental honey-buzzard, white-eyed buzzard and other
raptors have been seen in the sanctuary. Gir also has brown fish owl, Eurasian eagle
owl, spotted owlet. In the evening, nightjars can be seen near the lodge gate. Wetlands
like Kamleshwar Dam are good for waterfowl, with Indian skimmer, spot-billed and
dalmatian pelicans, etc possible.
The lodge can also be used as the base to visit the coastal areas from Veraval to
Diu Bird Sanctuary for shore birds.