Save lion rallies in 1,500 villages likely
The Times Of India
RAJKOT: The wildlife division of Sasan Gir is all set to launch its biggest ever lion awareness campaign on August 10 -World Lion Day -with rallies in over 1,500 village of Gir-Somnath, Junagadh and Amreli. The campaign is tipped to be the biggest for any single wildlife species.
"Plans are afoot to hold rallies involving school children in 1,500 villages in three districts where lions are found in large numbers. The programme is being organized in coordination with various forest department divisions. The idea is to make people, especially , school children aware about the conservation of Asiatic lions," said Ram Ratan Nala, deputy conservator of forests, wildlife division (Sasan Gir).
"We are coordinating with the Cluster Resource Centre (CRC) and Block Resource Centre (BRC) in these districts for the campaign. School children will take out rallies in each of the 1,500 villages simultaneously on August 10 morning. At the end of these rallies, students and villagers will take a pledge to save Gir lions throughout their lives," Nala added.
"Anybody from across the state, who wants to participate in the event, can fill up online forms available on http:www.bcrlipgir.org. The pledge form is also available online and person from any part of the state can fill up the pledge form and submit it to us," said an official.
According to latest census, there are 523 lions in Saurashtra region.