the Gujarat’s many endemic species. In India,
the Indian wild ass represents the horse tribe. In the Little
Rann of Kutch, these wild ass are attracted by the baits or
islands where coarse grasses spring up in monsoon. But in
summer, these ass move to these baits where there is regular
supply of water and grass.
Wildlife Attractions in the Indian Wild
Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
The main wildlife attraction in the Indian Wild Ass Wildlife
Sanctuary is the wild ass. Besides the wild ass, the rare and
endangered Ghudkhur, Jungle Cat, Desert Cat, Chinkara gazelle,
Nilgai antelope, the endangered Indian wolf, jackal, desert
and Indian foxes, hare, desert gerbil and pale and long eared
hedgehog are the various animals which are found in the Little
Rann of Kutch or the Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary. In
winter, the Little Rann of Kutch becomes a birds paradise that
attracts about three hundred varieties of dryland birds like
the houbara bustard, spotted sandgrouse, common and demmossile
cranes, flamingoes, pelicans, ducks, storks, ibises and other
wetland birds. Falcons, Larks, desert warbler, desert
wheatear, quails, francolins, Indian courser and other birds
are also available in plenty in the Little Rann of Kutch. It
is also the hunting ground of various raptors like the eagles,
falcon, harrier, vultures, white eyed buzzard, hawks, kites
and owlets. Lizards, Snakes, tortoises and saw scaled viper
are some of the principal reptiles that are also found in this
Jungle Safari in the Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
Watch towers, a tourist complex and other tourist related
facilities are also available to enhance wildlife viewing in
this unique Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary. To view the
wildlife one can have a jeep safari in the Rann of Kutch. In
the morning and evening one can also view the breathtaking
sunrise and sunset.
Best time to Visit the Indian Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit the Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
is between November and June.
Other Attractions in the Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides the safaris, one can also visit the ancient monuments
and inland salt works and other places of interest. One can
also enjoy the excursion to a typical Saurashtra village,
handloom weaving and dyeing units and the village potter. For
people interested in birds and photography, special
camouflaged boats are also provided.
How to reach Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary
The nearest airport is located at Ahmedabad, which is about
The nearest railway stations are located at Virangam and
Ahmedabad, which are about 110 and 45 kms. respectively.
The Indian Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary is connected to various
cities in Gujarat.