Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mangaluru's biological park gets a pair of Asiatic Lions from Sakkarbaug.

| TNN | Jan 8, 2016, 06.50 PM IST
Mangaluru: Visitors to the Biological Park at Dr Shivarama Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama at Moodushedde near here were treated to the sight of a pair of Asiatic Lions - male and a female - on Friday. The park that already had three female Lions obtained these Asiatic Lions under an exchange programme from Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden, Junagadh in Gujarat. Incidentally, these Asiatic Lions presently are found only in the Gir National Forest in Gujarat.

H Jayaprakash Bhandary, director of the biological park told TOI that the Lions arrived at the Park late on Thursday and have already been kept in the enclosure for people to view them. These Asiatic Lions, aged around six years, will be kept separately from the hybrid Lions, he said adding they cannot be mixed or allowed to inter-breed. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed these Asiatic Lions as an endangered species, he noted.

In addition, Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden has also sent a pair of white peacock, four Alexandrine Parakeets, a pair of Lady Amherst's pheasant, four each of Ibis and Spoonbills, he said. These will be kept in the specially designed aviary, Jayaprakash Bhandary said, adding the arrival of these new visitors has increased the number of mammals, reptiles and birds to the park to 115 and the total number of all varieties of animals present at the zoo to more than 1,000.

The biological park in return has sent two king cobras, two mousedeer, sand boas, wine snakes and tortoise to Sakkarbaug, Jayaprakash Bhandary said adding the new arrivals will give visitors the opportunity to see the King of the Jungle up close and in person. Incidentally, as per the latest Lion census data released by Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel last year, the total number of Asiatic Lions in Gir Forest has gone to 523 in 2015 as against 411 in Census held in 2010.

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