Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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SASAN: Forest department personnel rescue two wild animals on an average daily in Gir forest area, the last abode of Asiatic lions.
"This year we rescued 617 wild animals, which included lions, crocodiles and leopards among others in and around Gir forest. Our team carries out rescue operations on daily basis. These animals are rescued from ditches and wells into which they have fallen, residential areas where they venture into and also fields where they go at times," chief conservator of forests, wildlife division at Junagadh Circle, R L Meena said. He was addressing a seminar on 'Role and responsibility of media in lion conservation' in Sasan Gir.
Meena said number of wild animals is increasing in both the forest areas as well as outside and this calls for help of locals in conservation efforts. He pointed that the local people have played a significant role in lion conservations in the region.
Deputy conservator of forest at Sasan Gir headquarters Sandeep Kumar explained the behaviour and current pattern of dispersal of lions outside the Gir area. The seminar was jointly organized by the forest department and the information department.