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The Desert National Park is located in western India in the fascinating sand dunes of Rajasthan. One of the largest national parks in India, extending over an area of 3,100 sq. km., the Desert National Park is a unique and fragile ecosystem. More than 60 per cent of it is simply semi-arid desert. The seemingly barren lands gradually dissolve at the horizon touching Pakistan. But the warm sands of the Desert National Park beyond Jaisalmer form a fertile micro broth hiding an astounding variety of animals and birds. Chinkara, blackbuck, nilgai, wolves, desert cats, the Spotted and Tawny Eagle and the endangered Great Indian Bustard are all found here. But even this area has been dissected as branches of a man-made canal cut through the reserve, fragmenting the habitat.

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The Desert National Park has the typical Thar Desert ecosystem. About 20 per cent of the park is composed of extensive sand dunes. Craggy rocks and salt lakes are another interesting feature of the landscape. Fixed dunes and pliable sands extend as far as the eye can see. Seashells (yes!) and huge fossil remnants of tree trunks at the nearby Akal Woods fossil park record the desert's geological history. The semi-arid desert represents

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The Desert National Park was established in 1980.

The Bishnoi community inhabits these areas. The locals practice conservation as a religion and revere nature and wildlife as Gods. They practice numerous sustainable practices like water harvesting through village ponds, traditional ethno-botany and waste recycling. In 1998, the Bishnoi community chastised actor Salman Khan for hunting blackbuck while on a shoot. This resulted in imprisonment and a case being registered against the actor.