Monday, October 31, 2016

50 YEARS OF GIR SANCTUARY - Experts to talk on lion conservation at Sasan

(Representative image)(Representative image)

AHMEDABAD: The two-day national seminar on `Asiatic lions' conservation in Gujarat and its future management' will begin from October 3 at Sasan-Gir.
The seminar is part of the concluding ceremony of Golden jubilee celebration of Gir Sanctuary. Chief conservator of forests (wildlife), Junagadh circle, A P Singh, said that nearly 200 experts and forest officials will attend the national seminar.

"The experts and resear chers will deliver lectures on the present situation of Asiatic lions in context with lions spreading outside sanctuary limits," he said.

State forests and environment minister Ganpat Vasava will preside over the function.

Alongside the seminar, an exhibition of paintings prepared as part of competitions held in primary, secondary and higher secondary schools on wildlife, human and wildlife and humanwildlife co-existence subjects, will also be organized.Around 3,500 students from 66 schools in 13 talukas participated in the competition. A committee will select 10 best paintings each from three ca tegories and the makers wil be given appreciation certifi cates, said Ram Ratan Nala, deputy conservator of forests, Sasan Gir (wildlife division).

On the occasion, a Gir Heritage Gallery showcasing conservation efforts from the time of the Nawab o Junagadh to the present, wil also be inaugurated. "The de partment will also display messages with their photog raphs. Messages of all the Prime Ministers and Presidents and those of important dignitaries will be on dis play," Singh said.

The gallery will also serve as a re search laboratory for those who want to study lions and their behaviour.

An eight-minute film highlighting the conservation and growth of lions over 50 ye ars will also be screened.

Singh said that 20-odd senior staffers will also be felicitated. These staffers have been working in the sanctuary for between two and three decades.

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