Captive-bred lions for MP sanctuary
NEIGHBOUR’S ENVY, OWNER’S PRIDE
Ministry of environment and forest had in September 2006 officially requested Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for translocating two pairs of lions from
The Union government had set up a high-powered committee to conduct an on the spot appraisal of the situation to prevent further poaching. The committee’s report was shared with the state government to tighten protection in what is the last home of the free ranging Asiatic Lion.
But realising that
The sanctuary has been in waiting for long, with government having relocated 24 villages out-side the protected area to welcome the lion to a habitat free of disturbances way back in 1995. But
Now Centre proposes to use three captive bred lions instead of depending upon
Releasing captive bred predators is always considered difficult in wildlife biology as the animals have to be trained to hunt in the wild. But this is not the first time that such relocation will be undertaken. There have been four earlier attempts though with far little understanding of captive breeding and release as available now. The most successful attempt was made in 1958-59 when one male and two female lions were tranlocated from the erstwhile Junagarh zoo to Chandraprabha wildlife.