Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Forest dept seeks five more lions for Ambardi

Forest dept seeks five more lions for Ambardi
The Times of India

Ahmedabad: The state government has asked the forest department to send a proposal to the Central Zoo Authority of India to get five more zoo-bred lions for its Ambardi interpretation zone. The Ambardi project was inaugurated on Tuesday and currently has three lions, a male and two females.

Chief conservator of forests A P Singh said the facility can house eight lions, four females, two males and cubs, but in the first phase CZAI has permitted three lions. "We are sending a proposal to the Union government to immediately sanction five more lions for the sanctuary, to be housed in the Ambardi zone. The zone will serve as a tourist destination for those heading to Diu and Tulshishyam."

Chief minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the Ambardi Lion Safari Park, spread across 350 hectares in Dhari taluka of Amreli district, to the east of the Gir Sanctuary. He unveiled a plaque at the Sinh Dwar entrance and opened the animal upkeep centre.

Rupani said more tourists from India and abroad will now visit the safari park rather than going to Gir sanctuary. He said Amreli district will emerge as a new tourism hub.

Rupani said the state government repeatedly asked for environmental clearance for the eco-tourism project in the reserved forest area of Amreli district, but the UPA government sat on it. As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office, he solved many pending issues of Gujarat. The project was sanctioned by the Centre on June 5 last year and the state forest department got it ready quickly.

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