India has recorded a 29% increase in the population of Asiatic Lions. The count of Asiatic Lions has increased from 523 in 2015 to 674 in 2020, indicating a rise of 29% in lion’s population. Asiatic Lions are find in the wild in the Gir sanctuary in western Gujarat. The announcement was made by the Gujarat government.
The period from 2015 to 2020 also saw a 36% increase in the distribution area of the lions. The distribution area of the lions in 2015 was 22000 sq km which increase to 30000 sq km in 2020.
PM Modi expresses happiness over increasing population of Asiatic Lion & He share Tweet.
“Kudos to the people of Gujarat and all those whose efforts have led to this excellent feat,” he further tweeted.
Asiatic lions — slightly smaller than their African cousins and with a fold of skin along their bellies — are only find in the wild in the Gir sanctuary in western Gujarat, Modi’s home state.
“Asiatic Lion roars louder. Happy to note that the population of the majestic Lion increased by almost 29% and distribution area is up by 36%. Multiple strategies, interventions and community participation, major contributors to the current conservation success of the Indian lions,” Javadekar tweeted.
In 2015, Gir recorded 523 lions, an increase of 27% since 2010. “That estimation was a scientific one and was based on established methodology for estimating cat population,” said Anish Andheria, the president of Mumbai based Wildlife Conservation Trust. He did not comment on the methodology adopted this time, saying he did not study it.