Herbivore population in Gir sanctuary goes up



Vadodara: A two-day census carried out at Gir sanctuary in Junagadh district of Saurashtra has revealed that the herbivore population has gone up 18.40 percent over the last three years, forest officials said.

"A two day census was conducted on May 7 and 8 to count the herbivore population in Gir National Park and Sanctuary. Parameters, method and routes to cover all possible habitat and management units of Gir, which houses 411 asiatic lions spread over on 1412 sq km forest," Deputy Conservator of Forest in Gir Sandeep Kumar told PTI.

"The exercise covered eight categories, including spotted deer, sambar, blue bull, four-horned antelope, Indian gazelles, wild boar, langoor and peacock. Total population of herbivores has gone up to 1,26,893 from 1,07172," Kumar added.

PTI