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PTI | 03:11 PM,Nov 15,2011
Vadodara, Nov 14 (PTI) After a period of more than two
decades, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) owned
Sayajibag Zoo has got a pair of young lions from its
counterpart in Junagadh district.
The lions were brought from the Sakkarbaug zoo after due
permission from Central Zoo authorities, C B Patel, Sayajibag
zoo incharge told PTI.
Despite Gujarat's Gir being the only abode to Asiatic
lions, Sayajibag did not have lions. So the VMC approached the
Sakkarbag zoo in Junagadh for getting a young pair, he said.
The Sakkarbag authorities parted with the lions in
exchange of one pair each of Indian Piad Hornbills, imperial
Phena sant, a golden phena sant, and a female blue crown
pigeon, Patel said.
The name of the female lion aged two years is Jale and
male lion aged over three years is Kunvar. Both of them have
been kept in separate enclosures at present.
The Sayajibag zoo has three male hybrid lions but having
Asiatic lions, is a matter of pride, he said adding this will
increase tourist inflow.