Little Rann of Kutch
Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat situated in the Thar Desert was established in January
1972 as a sanctuary for the last population of Indian wild ass (khar). This extraordinary
area gets partly inundated by about 2 feet of water in the monsoon months (July-September).
Once below sea level, this area was raised by earth movements which cut it off from
the Gulf of Kutch, and was broken up by later earth movements into the flat saline
areas (where people can be seen making salt), and higher grounds with sandy, salt-free
soil. The wild ass depends on the thorny scrub of the higher ground area for its
feed. Also found in this park are chinkara gazelle, nilgai antelope, wolf, blackbuck
antelope, hyena, desert fox, jackal, desert cat, and caracal.