(Last Updated on : 22/06/2011)
The diverse terrain of the Indian subcontinent has provided shelter to numerous wild animals. It is the home of several endangered species, which are protected from habitat loss through the numerous national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The Government of India
has undertaken several programmes, to augment their population through breeding and thereby preserve them. The rich wildlife has now become a major attraction for the tourists visiting India. There is a list of the following wild animals living in India.
Indian Asiatic Lion
also referred as the Indian Lion is now confined to the Gir forests of Gujarat in India.
Royal Bengal Tiger
, which is the national animal of India, is found in the Bengal region and is one of the most common tiger sub species. The Sundarbans Tiger Reserve
is the home for Royal Bengal Tiger.
Indian Black Bear
is also called Asiatic Black Bear is nearly four to six feet in length right from the nose to the tail.
Indian Black Buck
is also called Kala Hiran and Krishna Jinka, which have now become limited to parts of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat, along with a few areas in the Central India. It is found in Rajasthan and other part of western India.
is known for their single hump and is also known as Dromedary camels. They are found in the desert, dry arid regions of the country, especially the state of Rajasthan.
Indian Clouded Leopard
likes to stay in the tropical and subtropical forests of India, which are situated at an altitude of two thousand meters above, mean sea level.
is a member of the Cervidae family and there are nearly thirty-four species of deer in the world.
The Indian Elephant
is mainly found in the scrub-forested regions of the Indian subcontinent. Since it is so huge it has no natural enemies.
is found in the humid forests, mangrove swamps and wooded terrains of India. It has a small and lean body and a long tail.
are nocturnal animals who are good swimmers and prefer to live in solitude. They have a good sense of hearing and good eyesight.
are the most wide spread species in the world after humans. Out of the twenty-two species of macaque, seven species are found in India.
Indian Red Panda
is slightly bigger than the domestic cat, and is usually found in mountainous regions of India, at an altitude of more than 1800 meters.
is also known as the Great One horn Rhinoceros, which inhabits in the tall grasslands and forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an endangered species and is found in the Kaziranga National Park
and the Manas National Park of Assam.
Indian Snow Leopard
is grey in colour and is covered with ringed spots of black or brown who prefer to stay either above the tree line on mountainous meadows or in the rocky regions of the Indian subcontinent.
Indian striped Hyena
is known to live in the seashores and forest regions of India, and belongs to the Hyaenidae family.
or the Blue Bull is found in the Indian grasslands and woodlands and are herbivorous animals whose staple food is grass, leaves, buds and fruits.
is a shy animal who lives in the grasslands and desert areas of India. It has found a place in the list of endangered species.
Indian Wild Ass
is also known as Khur and inhabits in the saline desert, grasslands in arid zone and shrub land of India.
Indian Wild Boar
is a member of the Suidae biological family. The thick skin of the wild boar is greyish black in colour, which is covered with bristle like hair.