Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is situated in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat state and occupies an area of 180 square kilometers. The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary of Gujarat lies in the forest tract of Jessore hill and endowed with rare and endangered flora and fauna species.

The forests of Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary of Gujarat serve to conserve the depletion of the ecosystem of the Aravali hills. This sanctuary separates the desert ecosystem from the dry deciduous type of ecosystem. The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary of Gujarat harbors rare species of wildlife such as the sloth bear, leopard, sambar, blue bull, wildboar, porcupine, and a variety of birds.

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary at Banaskantha shelters more than 15 threatened species of wildlife. The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary in Gujarat has both scrub and desert thorn forest and seasonal water-bodies and grassy patches. The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary in Gujarat serves as an ideal habitat for animals such as:
  • Chinkara
  • Caracal
  • Ratel
  • Wolf
  • Desert cat
  • Desert fox
  • Great Indian bustard
  • Lesser florican
  • Waterfowls
The Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary at Gujarat is the hub of some of the rare species that only persists in the semi-desert habitat. Forests in the dry zone of the Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary at Gujarat started degrading because of the expansion of Thar Desert.

The multi-storied forest of Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a suitable habitat of many rare and endangered species of birds and reptiles including snakes, tortoises and lizards. Now the Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a vital ecological unit for maintaining environmental and ecological stability. The area around the Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary in Gujarat is used for scientific research.

Last Updated on : 30 September 2011