Mount Abu Sanctuary, Mount Abu ( Rajasthan)
The Sanctuary comprises the oldest mountain ranges- the Aravali. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1960. The mount Abu wildlife sanctuary is one of the eldest portions of the mount Abu mountain ranges. The mount Abu wildlife sanctuary is home to many sightseeing points which offer’s fantastic views.
Many people visit the Mount Abu Sanctuary just for the sightseeing and views, but most people visit the Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary for the birds and animals. Apart from having several sightseeing places, this sanctuary is a draw for nature lovers as it has great potential for eco-tourism. The mount Abu wildlife sanctuary is full of floral beauty. There is an evergreen forest that meets the water and the valleys on the other side.
The mount Abu wildlife sanctuary is about 7 kilometers long and only 300 meters wide, which means that while taking a long walk down, one won’t miss much on the other side. The Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary is located in one of the regions oldest mountain ranges- the Aravali. The Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary crosses a variety of mountain highs, from 300m to 1722m at Gurashikhar- the highest peak in the aravali ranges. It is made from igneous rocks which have formed large cavities in many areas due to the weathering effects of wind and water. This is common through the entire Mount Abu region.
The Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary houses around 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species. Many of these species are dicots and the rest are monocots. One can also find Orchids at the Mount Abu Wild life Sanctuary. One should not forget Roses and bamboo rich areas.
The Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary contains a wide and varied range of fauna for you to appreciate.
There are over 250 species of bird- including the popular grey jungle fowl. The Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary also houses leopard sloth, bear, wild boar, sambar, chinkara and langur amongst others. Many of the animals in the sanctuary are extremely rare and threatened.
Mount Abu has a very rich floral biodiversity starting with xenomorphic subtropical thorn forest at the foot hills to subtropical evergreen forest along water courses and valleys at higher altitudes.
The sanctuary is rich in herbal medicinal plants. About 81 species of tree, 89 species of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous plants of medicinal importance have been identified. A variety of fauna including highly rare, threatened and endangered species are found in this Sanctuary.