At least 40 demoiselle cranes were found dead near Victor Dam at Rajula in Amreli district.

Rajkot: The forest department with the help of local wildlife conservationists released Olive Ridley Turtles and Green Sea Turtles into the sea near Chanchbandar in Rajula taluka of Amreli district.

According to officials, Olive Ridley Turtles and Green Sea Turtles are known to nest along the Saurashtra coast. Considering the threats and steep decline in natural population of sea turtles, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has put them in the globally endangered species’ list and in India they are put in the Schedule 1 category of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, extending them highest degree of protection by law.

M/s Sintex Power Limited (SPL) proposes to set up 1720 MW (2x660 MW coal based + 1x400 MW Gas based) Power Plant near Lunsapur, Mithapur and Kagvadar villages, taluka Jafrabad, district Amreli, Gujarat.

AHMEDABAD: The population of vultures in the city may not have shown a decline in the 2010 census, but the expert scavenger is quickly losing ground here. Ahmedabad has seen a drop of about 44 per cent in the bird's population in just two years, according to latest figures.

This is the third largest drop after Surat and Amreli districts. The two districts have reported a drop of around 65 per cent. These figures were revealed during the vulture count conducted by the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research ( GEER). Some of the birds have also migrated from Ahmedabad to Mehsana.

At 938, It’s At All-Time Low In Gujarat: Survey

Ahmedabad: If there is an address for vultures in Gujarat, then it is Kutch. This district neighbouring Indo-Pak border has the highest number of Gyps vultures including White-Rumped vultures and Long-Billed vultures in the state. The vulture census taken up in May revealed that the vulture count in the state has fallen to below 1,000 - an all time low in Gujarat.

Rajkot: Wildlife activists have demanded a ban on illegal lion shows in Amreli district on the outskirts of Gujarat’s Gir sanctuary, where cattle is set as bait for Asiatic lions to entertain touri

Forest Department Says It Does Not Want To Lose Sympathy Of Locals

Rajkot: Gujarat’s forest department is facing a strange dilemma. Officials would like to book people who harass the Asiatic Lion in Gir and surrounding areas so that they can teach the pranksters a lesson and set an example. But if they do take legal recourse, they fear losing the sympathy of locals, an important factor in the successful conservation of the wild cat in its last home in the world.

Gandhinagar: With summer setting in, the Narendra Modi government does not want to take any chances with rural folk in an election year. In a massive drive to make full use of Narmada waters across Gujarat for drinking purposes, complete plans have been worked out to ensure that not only do they reach in all parts of Gujarat, but also to as many as individual households as possible. Funds have been made available, and administrative sanction obtained, to begin tens of big and small projects.

AHMEDABAD: At least nine leopards have been killed by villagers in Saurashtra, Banaskantha and Dang in the last five years. Of these, five were killed in Saurashtra region alone.

"Leopards are being killed in the region where people take care of another big cat - the Asiatic lions. Even if a farmer sees his cattle being attacked by a lion, he would not interfere, but if a leopard is involved, they will attack it," said a senior forest officer.

Gandhinagar: Closely following the draft Gujarat Water Policy 2011 sent to the chief minister’s office (CMO) for finalization, a fresh high-level document, prepared for the Planning Commission of India, has proposed major water reforms in rural Gujarat.

This document proposes introducing availability of water 24x7 through water meters at the individual household level. Suggesting that this can be done on a pilot basis in 50 selected villages in the first year of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the document says other villages can follow “based on results and response of the community towards water usage.”