Those who know ABWLS, must know that, this forest patch of Delhi certainly qualifies as Greens Lungs. The forest plays key role in reducing carbon foot print in Delhi. Acres of land, filled with native and invasive species of trees, make sure that Delhi have the appropriate amount of oxygen.
The area also helps in water recharge by providing pits and trenches that are known for natural rain water harvesting.
Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is a man-made sanctuary of the India. Covering the total area of 6,814 acres, the sanctuary has a wonderful biodiversity, with various species of mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies.
Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is home to around 200 species of birds, both resident and migratory. Birds like Red-vented Bulbuls, Oriental Magpie Robins, RufousTreepies, Wood Shrikes, Spotted Owlets and Laughing Doves are the common sightings here. Asola is also a destination of many migratory birds, Red Start, White-browed Fan-tail, Golden Oriole, Pied Cuckoo etc.
Blue bulls and Black bucks are the common sightings of mammals in Asola. The list of mammals also includes some nocturnal animals like Porcupines, Jackals, Mongoose, Civets, Bush rats, and Bats.
Despite of being a thorny scrub forest zone, Asola has a thriving population of reptiles which includes Monitor lizard, Skinks, Spectacled Cobra, Fan – throated Lizard, Garden Lizard, Rat Snake, Wolf Snakes, Checkered Keelback, BrahminyWorm Snake, Common Sand Boa, Indian Rock Python, Saw-scaled Viper.
With more than 90 species, the sanctuary is the haven for various butterflies. Peacock Pansy, Emigrant, Grass Yellow, Blue Pansy, Yellow Pansy, Common Rose, Banded Awl, Rounded Pierott, Plain Tiger, Stripped Tiger, Lime Butterfly, Common Mormon are some of the commonly sighted butterflies in Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.
Asola contains a number of trees native to the thorny scrub forest zone. Trees like Indian Laburnum, White-barked Acacia, Egyptian mimosa, Milky Way, Khejdi, Bare caper and Bombay ebony are scattered throughout the sanctuary. Apart from being part of the native environment, these trees have a lot of medicinal and commercial value, and are a habitat to many birds, mammals and a lot of invertebrates.