|Copyright: DEVENDRA BHARDWAJ (DevendraBhardwa)
|Date Taken: 2003-04|
|Camera: Nikon F60|
|Exposure: f/5.3, 1/120 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-11-17 11:35|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Gir Forest. provides home for about 307 lions, 268 leopards, 137 hyenas, 32000 deer and about 30 other mammals and 24 species of reptiles., Gir Forest. located in southern Saurastra in Gujarat - the west most state of India, is the last home of Asiatic Lions(Panthera leo persica). The most important aspect of the Gir is that it has become a very stable ecosystem with tremendous regenerating, self-supporting and sustaining power due to its rich and diverse fauna and flora.An area of 1412 Sq. KmsThe forest is of dry, deciduous type which remains green during monsoon only, and otherwise provides a matching color of lion's skin. |
LOCATION AND TOPOGRAPHY
Gir lies between 20 40'N and 21 50'N latitude and 70 50'E and 71 50'E longitudes. The land configuration is mainly undulating with moderate hills, valleys and plateau, without definite direction of hill ranges. The hills are of volcanic origin. The main geological formation is Daccan trap and main rock types are Dolomite and Basalt. Beside sand stones, lime stones and metamorphic cshist are also present.Northern parts are more hilly, while southern part is relatively less hilly, with general drainage direction being south and south-west.
The main carnivorous of the Gir are the Asiatic lion, leopard, jungle cat, hyena, jackal, mongoose, civet cat, and ratel. Desert cats and Rusty spotted cats are very rare. The main herbivores of the Gir are Chital, Nilgay, Sambar, Four horned antelope, Chinkara and Wild boar. In the adjoining area of Gir forest, small population of Blackbuck are also found
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