Khaptad National Park was founded in 1984 on the advice of Khaptad Baba, the holy man of the region. Near the park headquarters is the famous Khaptad Baba Ashram, a religious site where every year Hindu pilgrims come to worship Shiva on the full moon of July–August. In 2006, a 216 km2 buffer zone (83 sq mi) was created. There are 23 primates, 287 birds and 23 amphibians and reptiles on the existing checklists. Leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, and musk deer are mammal species common of the park. The impeyan pheasant, peregrine falcon and white-rumped vulture are representative bird species of the park.