A sandy and saline area is the natural habitat of an Indian animal species. The animal has no predators in that area but its existence is threatened due to the destruction of its habitat. Which one of the following could be that animal?
[UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2011 Prelims]
(a) Indian wild buffalo
(b) Indian wild ass
(c) Indian wild boar
(d) Indian gazelle
- Known as Ghudkhur, Khur, or Indian onager in the local Gujarati language, the Indian wild ass is primarily found in the Little Rann of Kachchh.
- This animal thrives in saline deserts such as the Rann of Kutch, arid grasslands, and shrublands.
- Although it has no natural predators in its habitat, its survival is at risk due to habitat degradation.