WORLD LION DAY: LAKHS MARCH THROUGH VILLAGES TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN GUJARAT
Rajkot: Lakhs of citizens from Gujarat came together to take a pledge to save wildlife. In a bid to create awareness for safety and conservation of Asiatic lions, which are hailed as the state's pride, more than 10 lakh people marched through their respective villages in four districts of Saurashtra on Thursday.
On the occasion of World Lion Day, the citizens took a pledge to work for conservation of Asiatic lions till their last breath
Students of nearly 5,000 schools in Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Amreli and Gir-Somnath districts partook in the noble cause. The young children not only took the conservation pledge but also spread awareness about the importance of lions and Gir forest.
The event made its way into the Asia Book of Records and the forest department has also approached the Guinness Book of World Records for most number of people taking a pledge for saving lions simultaneously at various locations.
According to a report in Times Of India, the Asiatic lion census in 2015 said there are 523 lions in Gujarat of which over 168 lions have moved out into unprotected parts of the Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Rajkot and Junagadh districts.
The lion population outside the protected area of Gir Sanctuary has increased by around 400%, the International Union of Conservation of Nature said in a report in August last year.