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Asiatic Lion Census in Gujarat 2020

Posted on : 04 Jan 2020

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  • Around 8,000-10,000 cameras will be used to carry out the 2020 lion census in Gujarat, the last abode of the Asiatic lion.
  • As against 15,000 sqkm area surveyed in the last census, lions will be counted across 25,000 sqkm area spanning seven districts.
  • For the first time, the expertise of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will be perused in the census, scheduled to take place in May 2020.
  • The WII has sent a proposal to the Gujarat government and two rounds of meetings have been held for finalizing the modalities of the census.

About Asiatic Lion

  • The Asiatic lion is a Panthera leo leo population in India. Its range is restricted to the Gir National Park and environs in the Indian state of Gujarat.
  • On the IUCN Red List, it is listed under its former scientific name Panthera leo persica as Endangered because of its small population size and area of occupancy.
  • Until the 19th century, it occurred in Saudi Arabia eastern Turkey, Iran, Mesopotamia, and from east of the Indus River to Bengal and Narmada River in Central India.
  • Since the turn of the 20th century, it is restricted to the Gir Forest National Park and surrounding areas. This lion population has steadily increased since 2010.

Article Related Questions

  1. With reference to Asiatic Lion Census, consider the following statements
    1.Gujarat is the last abode of the Asiatic lions.
    2.Its range is restricted to the Gir National Park.
    3.Lion population has steadily increased since 2010.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3


  3. The 1857 Uprising was the culmination of the recurrent big and small local rebellions that occured in the preceding hundred years of British Rule. Elucidate (Answer in 150 words) - 2019 Mains


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