Saturday, October 10, 2009

Lions to get a new home in MP

Lions to get a new home in MP
Press Trust of India

The 'King of Jungle' would soon get a second home in Kuno Palpur sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh as preparations are in full swing to relocate the pure-gene Asiatic lions from Delhi and Hyderabad zoos.

So far, lions are found only in Gir forests of Gujarat.

"The Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology has analysed that all the lions in captivity have pure Asiatic strains. Now, we are waiting for the ministry's nod for shifting some of them to Kuno Palpur park," Delhi Zoo Director D N Singh told PTI.

"It is going to happen soon," he said.

In order to ensure that adequate number of lions are left in the zoo, two more lions have been brought from Hyderabad Zoo today itself.

"Moreover, we are rearing two six-month-old cubs for our zoo," he added.

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