Sunday, December 22, 2013

Uttar Pradesh gets four Gujarat lions for safari

Uttar Pradesh gets four Gujarat lions for safari
The Times of India

Two pairs of Asiatic lions (two male, two females) from Sakkarbaug Zoo, run by state forest department, will leave for Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

The UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had sought four lions from Gujarat government for UP's proposed safari park in Etawah.

According to sources, a UP government team is in Junagadh to transport the four lions and they will be moved on Thursday.

The lions will be used for breeding at the safari park in UP. The proposed safari in UP has an enclosed area and requisite approvals from the Central Zoo Authority.

According to an official, there are around 150 Asiatic lions outside Gujarat in various zoos in India and the world.

The proposed safari at Etawah was mooted in 2005. It is going to have a breeding progamme for Asiatic lions.

Some 150 hectares in Fisher Forest on the Etawah-Gwalior national highway was acquired and notified as Lion Safari in 2005. A breeding centre, veterinary hospital along with water-bodies and approach road is being constructed for the safari.

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