Saving Gir lions is this
AHMEDABAD: Until last year, American wildlife photographer and businessman Steve Mandel, was not even aware that there were lions outside
Today, however, he has become the first foreigner to set up a non-profit organisation, exclusively for the conservation for the Gir lion. Mandel, who runs a management consultancy, has started the 'Lions of Gir Foundation' and will soon launch a website that will create awareness about the endangered beasts.
"While planning my first business trip to
"During my research, I came across pictures of lions. I had no idea there were lions outside of
In the course of his research , he learnt about the dangers the lions were facing in the Gir forests of
"When I finally did see the lion in Gir, I was stunned. Here was a rare and classic animal , highly endangered, living deep in a forest as they had for many thousands of years, and he was staring at me from only about 30 metres away! I was hooked!
"I was very moved by efforts of some of the NGOs to save the lion and I decided to do something. When I returned home I filed the paperwork with the US Government to set up a nonprofit foundation, similar to an NGO in
He said that during his stay in
"We are in the process of receiving permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Central Government for receiving foreign funds," he said.