The Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, the largest wildlife sanctuary in India, is located in the ________.
- Little Rann of Kutch
Little Rann of Kutch
The Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary, the largest wildlife sanctuary in India is located in the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Established in 1972, under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, it is spread roughly over 4954 sq km.
The sanctuary is believed to be one of the last places on earth where the endangered Indian Wild Ass can be spotted. The main threat faced by the sanctuary is the illegal salt panning in the area, a process to evaporate sea water to obtain salt. The region is responsible for about 25% of India's salt supply. The forest Department has nominated it as a biosphere reserve.
The Indian Wild Ass is locally known as the Ghudkhar. They are agile creatures who can run long distances at a speed of 50 km/h. It is estimated that around 3000 of them live in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is also home to chinkara, desert fox, jackals, blackbucks, Indian wolves etc and is an important site for migratory birds because of its proximity to the Gulf of Kutch.
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