Blackbuck (Velavadar) National Park

Established in1976
GeographyLocated in the Bhal region of Saurashtra, Gujarat, India; around 42 km from Bhavnagar; hugs the coasts of the Gulf of Khambhat on the south; lies between two rivers and near the Gulf of Cambay sea coast
Biomesemi-arid bio-geographical zone; unique grassland ecosystem
All Rivers flowing throughParvalia River, Alang River
All FloraSavannah-type scrubby grassland; unique grassland ecosystem with dry grasses
All FaunaBlackbuck, Indian wolf, 14 species of mammals, 140 species of birds (including migratory birds like flamingos, pelicans, waders, ducks, white storks, coots, sarus cranes, and painted storks), 95 species of flowering plants, reptiles (cobra, vipers, and other snakes)
Unique FeaturesOnly tropical grassland in India to be given the status of a national park; highest concentration of blackbuck in the world; popular birdwatching destination with a large number of migratory birds; semi-arid biome

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