Friday, January 20, 2006

Gir Lions Need Home

NEW DELHI: Environment minister A Raja says he will call Gujarat and MP ministers to further a long-pending plan to give the Gir lions a second home, this one in MP. If the ministry feels it necessary, it may request the PM to meet the two state chief ministers to push the plan.


Despite the regular reports of deaths from the Gir forests, the free-ranging Asiatic lion's last bastion in India, the Gujarat government has been refusing to share its pride.


The environment ministry isn't worried about the numbers at Gir; it's worried that "all the eggs are in one basket". If something happens in Gir, this would be the end of the species in India.


On Wednesday, Raja accepted there had been a conflict between the two states. "Despite every effort facilitated by the Union government, Gujarat has refused to give lions. We are pursuing this," he said.


Based on state estimates, the government believes there are nearly 330 lions in and around the Gir forests, sharing space with high-density populations of other large carnivores. Their concentration at one place makes them susceptible to any epidemic, any natural calamity.


For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 150 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.920.4130 fax 885.4457 cell 493.4564


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