Saturday, October 21, 2006

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Captive breeding to save lion king

Chetan Chauhan   New Delhi, October 8, 2006


The Centre has found a way to stem the decline in lion population and keep states — willing to splurge on lion safaris — smiling.

As an alternative to relocating lions from the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary to Kunho Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh and to the proposed Lion Safari in Uttar Pradesh, the government has hit upon a captive breeding plan.

The Gujarat government had refused to shift the lions from Gir despite deaths and health threats. Gir is home to the dwindling tribe of the endangered Asiatic lions in India. The Central Zoo Authority (CRA) has asked both the state governments to look for lions in major zoos of the country and relocate them for captive breeding. “We have 71 lions in different zoos. Some of them can be transferred to the wild after captive breeding under strict scientific guidance,” CZA’s member secretary Dr BR Sharma said.

In case of Kunho, the authority has suggested shifting of lions from the Bhopal zoo, while lions from zoos in Lucknow and Hyderabad have been recommended for the safari in Etawah district. Admitting that relocating the animals from zoos into the wild was difficult, Sharma said the idea was  not improbable.

Citing instances, he said Red Pandas were relocated from Darjeeling Zoo into the wild successfully. “It requires patience as it takes several years to free the animals from the captive breeding centre,” he said. The easiest way out was stymied when Gujarat rejected a Ministry of Environment and Forest’s proposal to provide lions from the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. The ministry wanted a another habitat for the lions outside Gir fearing epidemics.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Study: Lion's mane a cool response

For a lion, having a bushy, dark mane is not a sign of greater sexual prowess and appeal, contrary to what researchers thought. And most of the famed "maneless" lions of the Tsavo region of Kenya, which became notorious in the late 19th century as man-eaters, actually do grow manes.
These surprising conclusions are the result of a seven-year study of East African lions. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Zoology, revealed that mane growth is most closely correlated with climate - that lions that live in higher altitudes with cooler weather generally have more profuse manes.
It also found that lion manes continue to grow after an animal has reached sexual maturity and that the best-maned lions are typically rather old. "Usually lions are well past their breeding prime when they carry the most extensive and often darkest manes of their lives," said co-author Julian C. Kerbis Peterhans of the Field Museum in Chicago. The researchers found no support for the theory that the "maneless" lions of Tsavo have a leonine version of male-pattern baldness.  While the Tsavo lions do tend to have lesser manes, the researchers said that was a function of their relatively low-lying habitat.

The researchers studied the wild lions of the Tsavo valley and the Serengeti range in Tanzania, adjacent areas that differ only in their elevation and climate. The researchers did not study captive lions because of the many ways they and their lives are different from wild animals, including inbreeding, stress, chronic inactivity and climate-controlled environments.

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