Ahmedabad Newsline By: Sibte Husain Bukhari
Junagadh, May 13: In wake of three poaching incident occurred in Gir forest for last two month, wherein eight lions have been killed, Khambha village-based Gir Nature Club has announced to form an Asiatic lion brigade, which will work for the protection of lions, specially in an area identified as Sasan (Gir)-Palitana corridor.
According to the club’s president Amit Jethwa, “In a bid to protect lions, long term conservation steps have been planned and this brigade is a first step in this direction. Physically strong men between 15 to 45 years of age group will be enrolled in this brigade. Members would be given special identity card and dress code,” he said.
Jethwa added that presently more then 40 youths have been registered with the brigade. The first ever two-day training camp of the brigade is scheduled to be organised on May 12 and 13 in Kadambgiri area. In this camp, members will be given primary information about behaviour of the lions, and how members can lend their hand in conservation of lions. In addition to this, Yoga, trekking and physical fitness training will also be provided by the experts during this camp, he said.
Beside this, series of camp would be organised in taluka centres falling in the surrounding areas of the Gir and the brigade will be put on action mode in these talukas. Following this, we are also forming a group for children, ‘Kids for Asiatic lions’, wherein children between the age group of 8 to 14 years will be accommodated. “This is aimed to sow seeds for conservation at an early age,” Jethwa said.