Friday, May 20, 2011

Little Rann of Kutch Wildlife

Although the land looked quite barren, it was not devoid of life. The area is the last refuge of the Asiatic wild Ass. Considered highly endangered, recent conservation efforts have now increased the population to about 4,000. These tan- colored animals live in herds and survive by migrating between the grassy bets in search for food. Several were grazing on some low scrubby grasses that had moisture in their seeds. During our drive across the Rann, we saw a few Chinkaras (Indian gazelles), quail, predatory kite birds, a mongoose, and some flamingos which were in the salt marshes.

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