Four-day census of Asiatic Lions in Gir forest concludes

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 21:15

Gandhinagar: The four-day census of Asiatic
Lions in Gir forest concluded today and the result is likely
to be declared in a few days, a senior forest official said
on Tuesday.

"The data has been collected in the last four days (April
24-27). Now it would be analysed by experts...The results are
likely to be declared by April 29 or 30," Principal Chief
Conservator of Forests Pradeep Khanna told reporters here.

Nearly 1,600 officials were deputed for the head count of
lions in Gir forests, the only adobe of Asiatic lions.

As many as 359 lions were recorded in the Gir forests in
the 2005 census.

During the last five years, over hundred lions have died.
While some of them died due to natural reasons, some were
killed in infighting while others succumbed to diseases,
officials said.


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 21:15

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