Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Asiatic lion population in Gujarat rises to 523

Asiatic lion population in Gujarat rises to 523

Deccan Herald

The number of female lions is double that of male lions

The population of Asiatic lions in Gujarat has seen a rise of over 27 per cent since 2010 and today stands at 523.
An eight-year-old asiatic lion at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Gardens in Ahmedabad. AFP
According to figures released on Sunday evening by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in Sasan Gir, the last abode of endangered Asiatic lions, the population of lions in the region had risen from 411 in 2010 to 523. Of these, 109 are males, 201 females and 213 cubs.

The other interesting aspect of the findings of census this time is that the number of female lions is double that of male lions. In 2010, the male-female ratio was 97-162.

The number of lions has been showing a steady growth over the years, with their population rising from 359 in 2005 to 411 in 2010 and 523 in 2015.

The survey for the lions was conducted over 20000 sq km, covering the districts of Junagadh, Gir-Somnath, Devbhumi Dwarka, Bhavnagar and Amreli in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. This was the 14th lion census carried out to collate the exact population of lions on the region. 

The first lion census was carried out in 1936, when the area was a part of the princely state of Junagadh. It had then recorded the existence of 287 lions.

Junagadh has the highest lion population at 268. Amreli district has 174 lions roaming around and recorded the  highest increase in its lion population. Gir Somnath has 44 lions and Bhavnagar district has 37.


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