Rajasthan is known for some of the very wild yet beautiful animals found in the wildlife sanctuaries of the state. From the Bengal Tigers to spotted deer and from Chinkara to Falcons, there is a wide range of animals. The animals found in the Great Thar Desert include species of reptile, desert scorpions, mongoose, red fox, falcons, and Chinkara.
Talking about the Thar Desert, there are 11 national parks out of which the largest ones are Desert National Park and Rann of Kutch. Here is the list of animals found in the Great Thar Desert of Rajasthan:
The Black Buck is a species of antelope found mainly in the Thar region. The number of blackbucks sharply declined during the 20th Century but currently, the hunting has been prohibited. It’s considered as a sacred animal, particularly by the Bishnoi Community of Rajasthan.
Chinkara, also known as the Indian Gazelle, is found in the arid plains and deserts of India. The Thar Desert is known to hold the largest population of Chinkaras which stands at 80,000 to 100,000.
The Asiatic wildcat is also known as the desert cat or the caracal. It’s small in size as compared to other felines. They live largely on desert gerbils but also hunt hares, rats, peafowl, sparrows, sandgrouses, etc.
The White-footed Fox is also known as a desert fox. It’s smaller and leaner as compared to a regular fox and has similar habits. However, its diet is more carnivorous.
Indian Desert Jirds are like gerbils having a grey-brown coat and a yellowish-grey belly. Other characteristics include short ears, long back claws, and orange incisors. These animals feed on insects, seeds, roots, nuts, and grasses.
The Great Indian Bustards are among the heaviest flying birds found in India. There are 4 kinds of Indian Bustards in India that are categorized as protected species. It is a large bird with a horizontal body and long leg, identical to an ostrich.
This species of eagles are found in the sub-tropical and tropical dry forests of Asia. It’s a broad-headed bird with the widest mouth of all spotted eagles. Its prey includes doves, partridges, spurfowl, and snakes.