Nearly 30 Asiatic lions, who were untraceable after last month's heavy rains that claimed the lives of 10 felines, have been sighted in Gir forest area of Gujarat's Amreli district, a senior forest official said.
The mesmerising story of Asiatic lions, once on the brink of extinction but who now spill over the borders of Gir Sanctuary and have found a way to become an integral part of the Gujarat's farming community, has been captured on film.
Lions roaming among humans may be a scary thought for many, but to those who live close to the Gir National Park, it is a matter of pride, says filmmaker Praveen Singh, whose documentary "India's Wandering Lions" captures the incredible tolerance of the people to the big cats.
With the death of nine Asiatic lions following heavy rains in Gujarat, a wildlife body has requested Union minister Prakash Javadekar not to challenge in Supreme Court the shifting of lions from Gir National Park to Palpur-Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.
Gujarat government has decided to form a high-level task force to study the growing habitat of Asiatic lions, after the latest census revealed that their population has increased outside the protected area of Gir National Park and Sanctuary.
The four-day census of Asiatic lions in the Gir sanctuary finally got over Tuesday afternoon with more than 2,200 forest staffers, officers and volunteers completing field trips in an area spread over 22,000 square kilometres .
The roar of the majestic Asiatic lions will be heard when Prime Minister Narendra Modi strolls with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the Sabarmati riverfront - thanks to mechanised animals that will be on display.
An agreement may be signed between the Environment and Forests Ministry and other stake holders to oversee implementation of Asiatic lions from neighbouring Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh`s Palpur Kuno sanctuary.