AHMEDABAD: The forest department officials are weeding out Lantana shrubs from the Gir sanctuary to make room for herbivorous animals, the main prey for lions. Lantana, a type of weed, is thwarting the growth of local plant species in the sanctuary. This is one reason why the sanctuary fails to attract more herbivorous animals and is also keeping the lions away from a major part of their habitat. In a way, the dense growth of this weed is adversely affecting the sanctuary's capacity to house more animals.