As the world marks International Lion Day, India has 674 reasons to smile.
As per the last count carried out in 2020, the country boasted of having 674 Asiatic Lions in the country, found in only one place – the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat and its surrounding areas.
This is a roaring success for conservationists and wildlife activists as the numbers have risen from 523 an increase rate of 28.87 per cent, the highest so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also applauded the efforts of all those included by tweeting: “Kudos to the people of Gujarat and all those whose efforts have led to this excellent feat. Over the last several years, the lion population in Gujarat has been steadily rising. This is powered by community participation, emphasis on technology, wildlife healthcare, proper habitat management and steps to minimise human-lion conflict. Hope this positive trend continues.”