Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary


Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is situated in the Banaskantha district of the neighbouring State of Gujarat, 45 kms. from Palanpur. Declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in May 1978, this 180.66 forest tract of Jessore hill and adjoining areas is endowed with several rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The forests of the sanctuary play an important role in the conservation of depleting Aravali ecosystem. This area acts as a buffer and separates the desert ecosystem from the dry deciduous type of ecosystem. The tree-clad terrain helps in arresting the process of desertification and advancement of Thar Desert. The other important faunal species here are Leopards, Rhesus Macaque, Indian Civet Cat, Porcupine, Fox, Striped Hyena, Wild Boar etc.