Thursday, February 11, 2010

‘MP sanctuary ideal for Gir lions, but not for those bred in captivity’.

Shubhalakshmi Shukla
Tags : animals, Gir lions
Posted: Thursday , Jan 07, 2010 at 0116 hrs

Giving another dimension to the ongoing standoff between Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh over the trans-location of Gir lions to the Kuno Palpur Sanctuary in MP, a recent meeting of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has suggested that big cats bred in captivity should not be shifted there. The sanctuary is however, a viable habitat for the Asiatic lions, it said.

Sources said the NBWL members have endorsed the MP government’s stand that the high temperature of Kuno Palpur is conducive for the lions. The meeting was held under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on December 22.

The suggestions by two NBWL members — World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India president Divyabhanusinh Chavda, and Wildlife Trust of India president Ranjitsinh — will be included in the

affidavit, which the MoEF will soon submit to the Supreme Court.

The draft of the affidavit is ready, but it has not been forwarded to either the MP or Gujarat government.


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