Indian Lions of Gujarat and The Streets of Junagadh

Indian Lion (Panthera Leo Persica) is listed as endangered and exists as a single population in India’s Gujarat state. The Asiatic Lion is one of five big cat species found in India and Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is the only habitat for Asiatic lions.

Indian lions

Sasan Gir Forest National Park near Talala Gir in Gujarat with a total area of 1,412 km is the sole home of the Asiatic Lions. Gir park is located near Somnath and south east of Junagadh and considered to be one of the most important protected areas in India.

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A pride of eight Asiatic lions were roaming on the roads of Junagadh district at around 2:30 am. The lions are frequently spotted at the foothills of the Girnar mountain of Junagadh.

The Indian Lion

Indian Lion population in Girnar is growing and Lions often come close to residential areas in Junagadh. More than 30 lions roaming on the streets of Junagadh town at midnight and cattle killing increasing by Rare Asiatic lions near village close to the Gir forest.

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India’s Lion population on the rise, as over a 100 lionesses in Gujarat’s Gir forest are pregnant. The total number of the Indian Lions in the state is 523, up from 411 lions counted in 2010.

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Reintroduction of Asiatic Lions

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Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh is one of the site for reintroduction of Asiatic lions. Palpur Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary is the most promising wildlife sanctuary in India to re-establish  of Indian Lions from Gujarat.