Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Herbivore numbers in Gir up 6.48%

Herbivore numbers in Gir up 6.48%
The Times of India

The number of herbivorous animals in the Gir wildlife sanctuary increased by 6.48% in the last one year. This was revealed during the herbivore count conducted by the forest department recently in the Gir sanctuary. If the figures for the last five years are considered, the number of herbivores in Gir has almost doubled, said officials

The count had revealed that there are 79,289 herbivores in the sanctuary including Chital, Sambhar, Nilgai, Chausingha, Wildboar and Chinkara. Officials said Chausinha and Chinkara numbers had not increased as expected. In the year 2009-10, there were only 38,953 herbivorous animals in Gir. Forest department officials said that the density of the prey base for Asiatic lions was around 79 animals per sq km in the sanctuary where lions were found over 1000 sq km out of the total 1412 sq km area of the sanctuary.

Officials said that the growth in number of herbivores in the last one year was around 6.48%, which is lower than the growth in 2012-13. In 2012-13, the number of herbivores had increased by 38%. Their number in 2011-12 was 53,873 which had jumped to 74,455 animals in 2012-13.

According to officials, the herbivore count just completed had revealed that there were 23,326 langoors. This was contrary to the claim made by the Madhya Pradesh in the Supreme Court. The expert group had submitted in the apex court that that there were no langoors or peafowl in the Gir Sanctuary. According to forest officials, the number of chitals has increased from 32,155 in the year 2009-10 to 63,306 in the year 2013-14.

The growth in the number of Chausingha was not satisfactory, said officials. In fact, except for the year 2012-13, their number had been falling steadily over the last five years. Chausingha numbers had fallen from 1165 in 2009-10 to 756 this year.

Official said this was the first time that the herbivore count had been conducted over 22,000 sq km area where lions were found. Scat analysis had revealed that lions were present over around 10,000 sq km in 2010 and had not spread over an area of 22,000 sq km. Officials said that the herbivore count for Gir sanctuary had been completed while it was still being conducted in other areas.

1 comment:

Raj said...

Nice arrangement by government.

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