The population of Majestic Asiatic Lions witnessed a massive jump from 523 in 2015 to 674 in 2020. The growth rate is almost 29%.
The state forest department in a press statement on Wednesday confirmed the numbers. The statement read: “The last population estimation exercise was conducted in May 2015 which pegged the lion numbers at 523, a 27 per cent increase from the estimation of 2010.
The population of Asiatic Lions has thus shown a steady increase with a population of 674 individuals with an increase rate of 28.87 per cent (one of the highest growth rate so far.”
Also, the population of the lions has spread over an area of 30000 sq. km in 2020 from 22000 sq. km in 2015, increasing the distribution area by 36%.
The press note further said that multiple strategies had been implemented that has contributed to the success in conservation. The use of modern technology, wildlife health care, habitat management, increase in prey base and human-lion conflict mitigation to name a few of the strategies employed by the state department.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared pictures of Asiatic lions from the Gir forest and said: “Two very good news: Population of the majestic Asiatic Lion, living in Gujarat’s Gir Forest, is up by almost 29%. Geographically, distribution area is up by 36%. Kudos to the people of Gujarat and all those whose efforts have led to this excellent feat.”