👉 Forests are home to a variety of wildlife. There are thousands of species of animals and a large variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects and worms which dwell in the forest.
👉 The tiger is our national animal.
👉 Gir forest in Gujarat is the home of Asiatic lions.
👉 Elephants and one-horned rhinoceroses roam in the forests of Assam.
👉 Camels and wild asses are found in the Great Indian desert and the Rann of Kuchchh respectively.
👉 Wild goats, snow leopards, bears, etc. are found in the Himalayan region.
👉 India is equally rich in bird life.
👉 The peacock is our national bird.
👉 Other common birds are parrots, pigeons, mynah, geese, bulbul and ducks.
👉 There are several bird sanctuaries which have been created to give birds their natural habitat.
👉 There are several hundreds of species of snakes found in India. Cobras and kraits are important among them.
👉 Due to cutting of forests and hunting, several species of wildlife of India are declining rapidly. Many species have already become extinct.
👉 In order to protect them many national parks, sanctuaries and biosphere reserves have been set up.