LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH – WILD ASS SANCTUARY

DHRANGADHRA – 363310 (GUJARAT) INDIA

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WILD ASS
Devjibhai Dhamecha’s Family is offering an exclusive Safari package around the wild Ass sanctuary in Little Rann of Kutch, popularly known as Asiatic Wild Ass (locally known as ‘GHUDKHUR’). Asiatic Wild Ass (EQUUS HEMIONUS KHUR) or “Ghudkhur” is now found only in the Little Rann of Kutch of Gujarat State. The wild ass falls in the family of ‘equide’ which includes Horses, Zebras and donkeys.

Indian Wild Ass is  one of the sturdiest animals in the world withstanding scorching mid-day temperature up to 48° C or more without any shelter in the midst of the desert facing long periods of drought surviving, where as other animals can not survive. It has the strength and speed of a horse and can run at the speed of 60-70 k.m./hr. The stature measures 120cm. in height, 210cms.in length and weighing about 240kgs. It possesses a shiny and a black brown hairy strip in the center enhancing its beauty. They move either single or in herds of 10-30 in search of fodder and sweet water. They resign only in hot afternoon hours.

They eat what they get, generally scrubby grass, sundae nude flora and pods of prosopice. The breeding season is August to October and after a gestation period of 11months only young one is delivered which joins the herd in a very short time. The bray of a wild ass is shriller than that of a domestic donkey. The life span is 20 to 25 years.