Darrah National Park

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Darrah National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Darrah National Park
Map showing the location of Darrah National Park
Map of India
Map showing the location of Darrah National Park
Map showing the location of Darrah National Park
Darrah National Park (India)
LocationRajasthan, India
Nearest cityKota
Coordinates24°52′05″N 75°51′22″E / 24.868°N 75.856°E / 24.868; 75.856[1]Coordinates: 24°52′05″N 75°51′22″E / 24.868°N 75.856°E / 24.868; 75.856[1]

Darrah National Park in Rajasthan, India is a national park established in 2004 consisting of three wildlife sanctuaries: Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary, Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, and Jawahar Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located within the Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests' ecoregion.[2]


The national park contains large tracts of forests formerly part of the Maharaja of Kota's hunting grounds. The park was embroiled in a political controversy over its nomenclature, when the Bharatiya Janata Party state government revoked the decision that it be called the Rajiv Gandhi National Park.[3]

Asiatic lion Reintroduction Project[edit]

A male Asiatic lion in Gir Forest National Park, likely scarred from a fight.

Like Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary, Darrah was one of the places which were considered for the reintroduction of the Asiatic lion.[4][5] The lion used to occur in Rajasthan,[6] but is now confined to Gujarat, in and around Gir Forest National Park.[7] This national park is spread over in 278 km square.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Darrah Sanctuary". protectedplanet.net.
  2. ^ "Kathiarbar-Gir Dry Deciduous Forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  3. ^ The Hindu : National : Rajasthan to go ahead with national park
  4. ^ Walker, S. (1994). Executive summary of the Asiatic lion PHVA. First draft report. Zoo’s Print: 2–22.
  5. ^ Nowell, K., Jackson, P. (1996). "Asiatic lion". Wild Cats: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (PDF). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group. pp. 17–21. ISBN 2-8317-0045-0.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ Sharma, B.K., Kulshreshtha, S., Sharma, S., Singh, S., Jain, A., Kulshreshtha, M. (2013). "In situ and ex situ conservation: Protected Area Network and zoos in Rajasthan". In Sharma, B. K.; Kulshreshtha, S.; Rahmani, A. R. (eds.). Faunal Heritage of Rajasthan, India: Conservation and Management of Vertebrates. Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer Science & Business Media.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Singh, H. S.; Gibson, L. (2011). "A conservation success story in the otherwise dire megafauna extinction crisis: The Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) of Gir forest" (PDF). Biological Conservation. 144 (5): 1753–1757. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.02.009.

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