National wildlife board seeks expert opinion shifting the big cats to MP
Himanshu Kaushik TNN

Ahmedabad: The standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife which met in New Delhi on Wednesday has asked experts to review and give their opinions on the scientific and social aspects of translocation of Asiatic Lions
from Gir to Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh (MP).

Ahmedabad: Locals near Gir Sanctuary earn about 70 per cent of their income from tourists, the task force report underlined.
Taking 2004 as base, the report stated that the total income from tourism is estimated at Rs 74 lakh of which Rs 51lakh is revenue raised by local people. This was earned from 1.6 lakh tourists who visited Gir that year.

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Ahmedabad: The task force which reviewed the India Ecological Development Project (IEDP) in Gir has urged the Centre and state government to work out a policy to relocate Maldharis outside the park with adequate budgetary allocations.

Activists Raise Pitch Against Shifting Of Gir Lions To MP
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Gandhinagar: Even as the standing committee of National Board for Wildlife prepares to discuss the issue of translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir forest to Kuno in Madhya Pradesh (MP), on Wednesday, non-governmental organisations and wildlife activists from Gujarat have launched a campaign to prevent it.

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Gandhinagar: The issue of shifting of big cats from Sasan Gir to Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh has once again come into focus with standing committee of National Board for Wildlife to take up the matter on September 16.

Dhari (Amreli): A decomposed carcass of a male leopard was recovered from a river bed near Kotada village of Khambha taluka of Amreli district on Thursday evening.

India can still surprise us

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Gandhinagar: With Union minister of state (independent charge) for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh planning to visit Gujarat, especially Gir Sanctuary, forest department officials here are working overtime to showcase conservation of the Asiatic Lion in the state.

GANDHINAGAR: The state government admitted in the Assembly on Wednesday that only 291 of the 359 lions in Gir were in the protected sanctuary area. Replying to a question by Karjan MLA Chandu Dabhi, the government said as per the last census conducted in 2005, there were 68 adult lions, 100 female lions and 123 cubs within the protected Gir Sanctuary.

GANDHINAGAR: Special task force formed by state government after 2007 poaching incidents has suggested that apart from use of GPS-based tracking and other modern surveillance systems, establishment of gene pool population and a genetic laboratory for cryopreservation of genetic material is needed to save lions.