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10 Interesting Facts About Asiatic Lions of Gir National Park

By Indiawildlife

Gir National Park is situated in Gujarat which is the only home of Asiatic lions in India. With the population of about 523 Asiatic lions in the wildlife reserve, Gir National Park acquires major attention of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts to spot lions. Asiatic lions are amongst the endangered wildlife species that seem to be in danger especially after the corpse of 14 lions including cubs were found between September 11 and 25 from east forest range of Gir. Forest Department formed an active 54 teams to guard the lions and look after that whether they are suffering from any disease or not. Here are the interesting facts about Asiatic Lions of Gir which you must know to develop your knowledge and skill.

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  • A limited portion of lions lives in India – Almost all the wild lions live in Sub-Saharan Africa out of which a small portion does exist in Gir forest of India.
  • Smaller in size – In comparison to African lions, Asiatic lions are smaller in size.
  • Walk-in the group – Lions are the only wild cats that prefer to live in a group known as pride.
  • World Lion Day in Gujarat – More than 10 lakh people from various districts of Gujarat will take part in the World Lion Day celebration on 10th August.
  • Belly folds of Asiatic lions – Its longitudinal fold of skin that runs around its belly is the most distinct feature of these lions.

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  • Subspecies of lions – Asiatic Lions and African lions are similar subspecies of lions.
  • Estimated weights of lions – Actual weight of male lions ranges to 160-190 kg whereas female lions range to 110-120 kg.
  • Life of Asiatic Lions – Minimum lifespan of Asiatic Lions is 18-20 years.
  • A specific number of lions is secured – The profoundly protected Gir Sanctuary has the ability to support a fixed number of wildlife species including 300 lions.
  • Walk with tip toes – Asiatic lions walk on their tiptoes without touching the ground.

What are the major reasons behind the death of Asiatic lions?

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  • The average life of Asiatic Lion ranges in 15 to 16 years but many of them become old after crossing 9 or 10 years of their life.
  • Nearly 32 deaths are caused by unnatural causes like electrocution or being hit by speedy vehicles or trains.
  • 60% of Asiatic lions die due to natural causes.
  • Lions in the area have also sunk after falling in the open wells of villages.

Conservation of Asiatic lions –

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A concern on the fact that Asiatic lions are in danger is the major issue which must be solved as soon as possible. Gir Sanctuary, Pania Sanctuary, Gir National Park forms the Gir Conservation Area (GCA) which currently exists to protect the Asiatic lions in the wildlife reserve. Mitiyala and Girnar are the other two wildlife sanctuaries protect satellite areas within the dispersal distance of GCA. Another sanctuary is being established near Barda Forest to serve as an alternative home for Gir Asiatic Lions. These conservation steps may result in the preservation of endangered species of Asiatic Lions.

What is the best time to spot Asiatic lions in Gir National Park?

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Winter season is considered to be the best time to plan Gir National Park Tour between the months of December to March. It is so because the climate becomes cool and pleasant during this period which makes your wildlife safari more comfortable and joyful.

Gir National Park attracts major attention of wildlife photographers who visit the reserve to spot Asiatic Lions in their natural habitat. So, if you are willing to experience the adventure and thrill of spotting Asiatic lions in Gir National Park then you must plan your Gujarat Forest Safari

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