In Gujarat, 115 lions have been caught in cages in areas around Gir.
Gandhinagar, 4 December 2020
Out of 674 Gir lions, 115 have been kept in various zoos and gene pools in Junagadh and adjoining districts of Saurashtra. About 15% of the Asiatic lion population of Gujarat lives in zoos and forests. Outside Gujarat, 350 lions are believed to entertain people in cages at home and outside. Thus a total of 465 Gir lions are kept in cages.
Out of 115, 85 lions are kept in cages at the Junagadh Sakarbagh Zoo. The only major breeding center of Gir lions in the world is the Sakarbagh Zoo. Every year more than 7 lions are born here. Which is known as Coding Zoo. Under the exchange program, lions are given to various zoos in the country and out of country. It was built in 1863 on 198 hectares at the time of the Nawab of Junagadh State.
Send 30 lions Gujarat out in 2019
A year ago, 30 lions from Saqqarabag were given to another zoo. Then there were 54 lions. In 2020, it has increased to 85.
1 thousand zoo
There are more than 1 thousand zoos in the world which are open to the general public. The lions of the Gir have been sent from Sakarbagh Zoo. It is estimated that 350 such lions live in cages outside Gujarat.
The number of lions in 2020 is 674. There were 523 lions in 2015, an increase of 151 lions in 5 years. 28.87 percent increase. This is the highest increase ever. It has 161 lions, 260 lionesses, 116 adult cubs and 137 cubs. Out of 240 lion cubs are less than two years old.
The growth rate from 2010 to 2015 was 27 percent. The geographical area of the animal has increased by 36 percent.
40% of the lions live outside the forest area. In 2015, 200 out of 532 lions were seen roaming in the open. Which now has 270 lions who live in the revenue area outside the forest area.
The area of 1600 sq km of Gir forest is home to these lions. 22,000 sq km in 2015 and increased to 30,000 sq km in 2020. Lions counted. 36 percent increase. An area of 1883 square kilometers was reserved for these lions.
125 people are attacked in a year
In 2014–15, 125 people were injured in lion attacks. About 1000 animals became their prey. Yet the people of Gir never attack the lion nor kill him. Hence the lions have survived. A total of 184 lions died between 2016 and 2017. In October – November 2018, 40 lions died due to Canine Distemper Virus (CDV).