CHANDIGARH: The pride of Gujarat will soon roar in a zoo of Haryana too. Following the clearance from the Union government and the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the state wildlife department is getting a pair of the big cats from Gujarat's Gir forest - home to the world's last remaining population of Asiatic lions. The lion are expected to arrive in the state this week.
Principal chief conservator of forests and chief wildlife warden of Haryana Amrinder Kaur confirmed to TOI that a team of state wildlife department had already left for Gujarat to get a pair (male and female) of lions, which would be kept at the Pipli mini zoo in Kurukshetra. Stating that the animals would reach in next 4-5 days, Kaur said both lions would be kept in safe enclosures inside the zoo for which special arrangements had been made.
It is for the first time that Asiatic lions are being brought in the state's zoo. Earlier, the Pipli zoo had a tiger, but as of now there are no big cats in the zoo to attract animal lovers.
Spread over 27 acres of land along the National Highway-1 in Kurukshetra, Pipli zoo is one of the three maintained zoos of the state wildlife department. The other two are in Rohtak and Bhiwani. Meanwhile, Pipli zoo has made all preparations to provide a state-of-the-art new home for the duo.