Asiatic Lion and Gir National Park

Asiatic Lion and Gir National Park

What is the News?

  • A dedicated project for conservation of Asiatic Lion with a contribution of Rs 97.85 Cr from Centre to be spent over 3 years launched
  • A dedicated“Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” with a budgetary contribution of Rs 97.85 Cr from Central Government was launched.
  • With a view to strengthen the conservation initiatives, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change(MoEFCC) approved the project for three financial years(2018-2021).
  • Asiatic Lion, being listed in Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, to be accorded the highest degree of protection.

About Asiatic Lion

  • Asiatic lion (Panthera leo leo) also called as Indian lion and Persian lion.
  • Its range is restricted to the Gir National Park and environs(surroundings) of Gujarat.
  • On the IUCN Red List it is listed as Endangered because of its small size and area of occupancy.

Asiatic Lion Reintroduction Project

  • It is an initiative of the Indian Government to find an alternative habitat for Asaitic Lion.
  • To save Asiatic lion from extinction in the wild by means of reintroduction.

Gir Forest National Park (Sasan Gir)

  • It is a forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat.
  • It is the only wild habitat supporting the Asiatic lion.
  • Gir is dry deciduous forest dominated by teak.

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