Wild Ass Sanctuary


The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch, spreading across nearly 5000 square kilometres of the Little Rann, is the only place on earth where the endangered Indian Wild Ass (Equushemionuskhur), known locally as the Ghudkhar, still lives. The only other two subspecies of wild asses live in the high arid plateaus of Tibet, making this the most accessible place to visit wild asses in their natural environs. Standing more than a meter tall at the shoulder and two meters in length, wild asses are very agile and can run long distances at a speed of 50 km/h, making them more like wild horses, and far more captivating than their domesticated cousins. Around 3000 of them live in the sanctuary, and are usually seen in herds, especially around breeding season (foals can be seen with the herds around October and November.)

But the Sanctuary is home to far more than just the wild ass. Among the 32 other species of mammals are the Chinkara (Indian gazelle), two types of Desert Fox (Indian and White-footed), Jackals, Caracals (African lynx), Nilgais (the largest antelope of Asia), Indian Wolves, Blackbucks, and Striped Hyenas.