Gir is one of India’s oldest sanctuaries, and is synonymous with the majestic Asiatic lion The only place in Asia to see this animal, The Gir ecosystem falls in Biogeography Zone-4 (the semi arid) and Biogeography Province 4-B. Gujarat Rajwara is the last remaining abode of the Asiatic Lion, The Government of Gujarat has declared an area of 1412.1 sq km as Protected Area (PA) which comprises 258.7 sq km as National Park and 1153.4 sq km as Sanctuary. Besides this 470.5 sq km of forest area forms a buffer Zone as reserve, protected and unclassified forest. Thus, a total area of 1882.6 sq km makes up the Gir forest. Gir National Park is open from mid-October until mid-June. There are three safaris a day at Gir of three hourse. They start at 6.30 a.m., 9.00 a.m., and 3 p.m.