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CZAI will provide 100 per cent grant for the programme. As many as 25 pairs of lions will be brought in for the programme. In a span of 15 years,
Maradiya added that lions repeat their breeding cycle every two years. “We have not set any target and will try to breed as many lions as possible. However, it a l l d e - pends on the health of the animal. In fact, we are hoping to get the status of a national level zoo with this programme. We are a mini zoo at present,” he said.
The zoo’s origins go back to 1987 when a
At present there are 80 lions in captivity at various zoos in the country, half of which are at Junagadh’s Sakkarbaug zoo. At
Zoos have been identified as breeding centres as they are seen part of the conservation effort. The main objective of zoos under the National Zoo Policy, 1998, is to strengthen the national efforts in conservation of biodiversity of the country, particularly the wild fauna, which can be achieved by supporting the conservation of endangered wild animal species by giving species which have no chance of survival in wild.
CZAI has decided that Indian zoos must have at least 100 physically, genetically and behaviourally healthy individuals of each critically endangered wild animal species with less than 2,500 individuals left in the wild. CZAI will also fund the creation of the breeding facilities and provide technical manpower for the programme.