The Sentinel

10 Wildlife Species You Can only Find in India

Dec 24, 2021
Asiatic Lions
These cats are the slightly smaller brothers of the giant African Lion and can be found only in Gujarat's Gi forests. Being an endangered species, only a little over 670 Asiatic lions exist in the world today.
Great Indian Bustard
This beauty is one of the heaviest birds that can fly, but it prefers to stay on land. There are just about 150 of these alive today, due to hunting and collision with towers and objects (their eyesight is not the strongest). You can find them in parts of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Sangai Deers
The state animal of Manipur, Sangai Deers are mostly found in the Keibul Lamjao National Park in the state. According to a study conducted in 2016, only 260 of these deers survive today.
Lion Tailed Macaque
These unique dark monkeys are characterized by their white facial fur and like-like tails. They can be spotted in the forests of western ghats in Southern India such as Kerala and Karnataka. Beware, they aren't very friend towards humans.
Nilgiri Tahr
The state animal of Tamil Nadu is also found in other parts of the Western Ghats. they have short fur and heavily curved horns.
Kashmir Stag
Also known as the Kashmir Hangul, these stags are the subspecies of the red deer and are only seen at the Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir. Very few of these beautiful animals still remain with the number being close to 150
Malabar Civet
Another animal belonging to the Western Ghats(mostly Kerala), this rare mammal is on its way to extinction due to hunting and deforestation. An extract from their scent glands is used in medicine and to make perfume, which also contributes to their decreasing numbers.
Pygmy Hog
Native to the foothills of the Himalayas, these animals have a population of less that 250 and are found in Manas National Park of Assam. They are the world's rarest and smallest pigs.
Nilgiri Blue Robin
Their apperance is characterized by bright blue fur and a white underbelly. They are found in the Shola forests of the Western Ghats and are also known as Nilgir Sholakilis. Their numbers considerably reduced when a large chunk of the Shota grasslands were converted into a tea and coffee plantation.
Ganges River Dolphin
Did you know India has a National Aquatic Animal? The Ganges River Dolphin is found in parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar. About 3750 of them survive today.