Census of lions to begin from April 22 in Gir forest

Census of lions to begin from April 22 in Gir forest

Last census of lions was undertaken in Gir forest in 2005 by the State Forest Department in which the count of lions was 359. In a press release, Principal Secretary, Environment and Forest S K Nanda said that the entire Gir forest and extended area has been divided into seven regions, 28 zones and 100 sub-zones where lions have frequently been sighted.

Apart from Gir forest in Jugagadh district, lions have been sighted in the extended areas of the forest in Amreli and Bhavnagar districts, he said.

"Wildlife photographers will also be involved and they will click the photos of lions as they are sighted," Nanda said, adding that experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun will also be part of the exercise of counting the lions.

Meanwhile, the Forest Department has imposed a ban on the entry of tourists and visitors in the Gir forest for a week from April 22.

Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry