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India, Gujarat


Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary takes in an area of approximately 180 sq km/69 sq miles in the Jessore Hills to the south of the Thar Desert. Within that area, a visitor will find the Jessore Hill which is the second-highest peak in Gujarat. The sanctuary's forestry habitat serves as a barrier between the desert and dry deciduous ecosystems. In this barrier area, a visitor might find a wide variety of plant and animal life as well as a wide range of bird species.

Jessore was made a sanctuary in May of 1978 primarily to facilitate the protection of the sloth bear. Along the way, it has become much more.[3]


Notable Species

Jessore has had 185 species reported as having been sighted, with 2 globally threatened species. Of those, the Red Spurfowl, Spot-breasted Fantail, and Indian Yellow Tit have been recorded as endemic to the country, or region with the Taiga Flycatcher recorded as rare, or accidental.[1]

It has also been identified as an eBird Hotspot.[2]


While the aforementioned Taiga Flycatcher was the only species noted as rare specifically, there are other species that are not commonly seen here. Some of those are the Black-headed Bunting, Citrine Wagtail, Siberian Stonechat, Indian Paradise-Flycatcher, White-naped Woodpecker, Western Yellow Wagtail, White-eared Bulbul, Red-naped Ibis, and the Great Cormorant. [2]


Birds you can see here include:

Bar-headed Goose, Red Spurfowl, Little Grebe, Red Collared-Dove, Asian Koel, Savanna Nightjar, Asian Palm-Swift, Crested Treeswift, Gray-headed Swamphen, Little Ringed Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, River Tern, Painted Stork, Oriental Darter, Intermediate Egret, Red-naped Ibis, Osprey, Bonelli's Eagle, Spotted Owlet, Eurasian Hoopoe, White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Indian Roller, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Eurasian Kestrel, Plum-headed Parakeet, Indian Pitta, Large Cuckooshrike, Indian Golden Oriole, Common Woodshrike, White-browed Fantail, Ashy Drongo, Indian Paradise-Flycatcher, Great Gray Shrike, Large-billed Crow, Indian Bushlark, Graceful Prinia, Red-rumped Swallow, Green Warbler, Bluethroat, Purple Sunbird, White Wagtail, Black-headed Bunting

Other Wildlife

In addition to the birds and sloth bear, for which the Sanctuary is named, it holds the leopard, sambar, blue bull, wild boar, porcupine, turtles, pythons, cobras, and Krait. [3]

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Expect to pay an admission fee to gain entrance. It is open every day from 6:00am to 7:00pm.

Contact Details


Mota Raska, Zand Hanuman Road Jambughoda, Panchmahal, Gujarat 391761


Open Every Day · 6:00am – 7:00pm


0265 242 5136


  1. Lepage D. (2020) Nnwgj12 Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 27 October 2020
  2. eBird – Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary - https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4258354
  3. Gujarat Expert – Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary - https://www.gujaratexpert.com/jessore-sloth-bear-sanctuary/

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External Links


  1. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary on Google Maps