Gujarat has reached a record high of 650 Asiatic lions in the state’s jungle and national parks. This is the highest amount of Asiatic lions, found only in Gujarat, registered since 1936, reported The Times Of India.
With about 180 cubs within one and two years of age, Gir National Park and its neighboring forests are packed with majestic Asiatic lions (Indian lions). In the last two years alone, the area has added about 125 lions to its characters. In 2015, the lion census pegged the community at the national park at 523.
Between 1995 and 2015, more than 40 per cent of the total number of lions was spotted outside the Gir landscape.
The state’s efforts to protect and preserve the big cats have been successful, with a steady increase in the population since lions were declared ‘critically threatened’ in 2000. In the 1995 census, it was found that Gir had only 304 lions. In 2005, lions were eliminated from the list. In 2010, there were 411 lions.
Gujarat government has refused to share the lions until 33 studies mandated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are performed.
BJP-ruled MP and Gujarat have been fighting over the issue of lions for over a decade, as the chief minister of Gujarat between 2002 and 2014,