Kuno - The Asiatic Lion's second home?
Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) is situated in the Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. In around 1993-1994, the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, after a thorough study found this forest to be a suitable habitat for the relocation of the Asiatic lion, now confined to the range of about 1800 sq kms of the Gir forest, its only current habitat in the world. Today, while Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary is ready to receive a lion population, it's unlikely to be from Gir because of the Gujart Govt's refusal to part with the 'pride' of the state. Madhya Pradesh, under the circumstances, in order to conserve the last of this highly endangered species, with some 300 odd animals left in the world, has other plans in the offing, which if successful, will mean a success story in wildlife conservation.