Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) authorities are planning to get two Asiatic lions from Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden at Gujarat's Junagadh
Shobha and her three cubs. FILE PIC
Confirming the development, an official from the forest department said, "We are in the process of preparing the proposal. We are in talks with the senior officials of the zoo and they are positive about giving us the pair of lions. If everything goes as per the plan, then we will get the lions in less than a year."
Another official of the department said, "We will offer them a pair of rusty-spotted cats in return for the lions. Once the proposal is ready, we will send copies of it to the State Zoo Authority, Central Zoo Authority, Gujarat Forest Department and Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden."
The SGNP authorities have been discussing the plan of getting the lions since October last year, but nothing positive came of it till talks happened between the Maharashtra and Gujarat forest departments. The SGNP authorities are now confident of getting the pair from Gujarat.
The third died owing to illness. In 2014, Shobha died at the age of 12. Badshah died when he was 17. In April 2014, SGNP authorities put Shobha and Ravindra in an enclosure, hoping they would mate. But, they fought a lot and suffered injuries. Shobha also faced some fertility problems at the time.