"For the first time in the sanctuary, two male adult lions are ruling a pride of 32 felines. The duo controls 150 sq km of territory and displays dispersal behavior. They do not allow the other adults to feed, mingle with each other or even let them come in vicinity of the pride," Dr Sandeep Kumar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) said.
The Gir forest is the sole home to the Asiatic Lions (Panthera Leo Persica).
"This (Gir) forest range is ruled by two male lions known as 'Kamleshwar males'. They established their territory in this area in 2005 and till date are maintaining, protecting and breeding in it",Kumar said.
According to the 2010 census, the lion population in the forest has increased to 411.
Officials attribute the rise in population to factors like better protection and other facilities, including availability of abundant prey and water for the big cats.