The population of Asiatic Lion is on the rise. According to a recent report, the number of Asiatic Lions has reached 523 in Gir National Park in Gujarat.
Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat declared the rise in the number of Lions in a press conference held in Sasan Gir. According to the census 2015, there are 523 Asiatic Lions in Gir forest, protected areas and revenue areas of Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts of Saurashtra region of Gujarat. There has been a raise in the population of 112 when compared to the figure of 411 Asiatic Lions in the year 2010. The census 2015 also determined that there are 109 males, 201 female and 213 sub-adult Asiatic Lions in and around the Gir region.
Here is a comparative chart of Lion population in both 2010 and 2015:
|Population of Male Asiatic Lion||97||109|
|Population of Female Asiatic Lion||162||201|
|Population of Sub-Adult Asiatic Lion||152||213|
|Total Population of Asiatic Lion||411||523|
As compared to 2010 population, there are 12 more male lions, 39 female and 61 cubs in the year 2015. The Chief Minister of Gujarat also intimated on the area-wise distribution of the Asiatic Lions in the region. About 268 lions were counted in Junagadh district while 44 were found in the neighbouring Gir Somnath. In Amreli district 174 lions were counted, whereas 37 lions were recorded in Bhavnagar. As per the census, the highest growth in the population of lions was recorded in Amreli district area.
Being glad over the rise of population of Asiatic Lions in Gujarat, CM Anandiben Patel praised the Maldharis (cattle-herders) of Gir. This cattle-herder tribe is credited to treat lions as their own family members and have played an important part in offering a secure environment to the Asiatic Lions in Gir Region. The Chief Minister also encouraged other to keep the environment safe for wildlife to flourish.
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