Gir's lion numbers rise, may touch 500
Delhi Daily News
The first round of Asiatic lion census in Gujarat's Gir forest ended on Tuesday and it showed that population of big cats has jumped, touching around 500.
This is an increase of 15-22% in the last five years. The officials involved in the census said that the number of sightings of the lions was very encouraging, adding that their population outside the Gir sanctuary had risen substantially.