GIR FOREST IN ASIA BOOK OF RECORDS FOR AWARENESS ON BIG CATS
On the World Lion Day, State forest department's wildlife division in Junagadh which is looking after the only abode of Asiatic Lions — Gir Forest, has registered a record in 'Asia Book of Records' in the category of awareness creation for saving the big cats.
"The record for the most people participating in awareness rally wearing lion masks for saving the Asiatic Lion was achieved by Wildlife Division, Sasan Gir, Gujarat Forest Department, Junagadh, Gujarat, India. On the Occasion of 'World Lion Day' this rally took place on August 10, 2018," said the certificate given to the concern officials of forest department by Asia Book of Records authority.
Talking to the Pioneer, Chief Conservator of Forest Wildlife Circle, Junagadh DT Vasavada said that total 11, 02,540 participants from five districts (where lions are seen straying), 40 taluka and 5108 educational institutions attended the massive rally and created a record to mark 'World Lion Day'.
As many as 1500 rallies in different towns and villages in Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad and Gir Somnath districts were held simultaneously on Friday during 11am to 1 pm in which aggregate over 11 lakh students from over 5000 educational institutes participated, elaborated Vasavada adding that after each rally all the participants took pledge to save lions. Forest officials and school principals gave lectures on importance of lions for the Saurashtra region. Some students also gave speeches on conservation of the majestic animal that gave unique identity to Saurashtra region.
Scientifically known Panthera Leo persica, the Asiatic lion found only in and around Gir forest situated in Saurashtra region. Also known as Indian Lion or Persian Lion is listed as International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).