An effort has been taken by 140 teams involving over 585 forest workers around an area of 954 Sq. kilometers to closely work around the health and habitat of these Asiatic lions.
A saddening incident that occurred recently was in the east of Dhari district, in the Dalkhaniya range where a total of 14 lions (including 8 cubs) had to depart from the earth in pain.
The potential reasons figured out later were territorial infighting and liver infections. After this petrifying situation the Asiatic Lion castle of Gujarat, the Government has finally taken steps towards high security and caution towards the major habitat of Asiatic Lions.
The government from the 23rd of September has enveloped 1045 Sq. kilometers of the area inside Gir while have also covered 695 square kilometers around Gir making it a total of over 1740 square kilometer in and around Gir. Through this effort, the Govt has successfully declared 453 lions fit and are still looking for healthier than before 7 lions that are under medication currently.
The forest is prominently divided into two halves namely east and west. A total of 585 employees of the Gujarat Govt including a team of 140 forest guards, foresters, and trekkers, are appointed to keep a keen check on the national park, the sanctuary, and the areas around it covering a total of 954 sq. kilometers.
This involves an area of 554 sq. kilometers in Gir while the rest 400 sq. kilometers around the same. Throughout this verified research, 396 lions became a part of it and 293 were found to be naturally fit, however, 3 Asiatic lions were found infected. Amongst the 3, 2 of them were treated on the spot in the national park itself. One lion that faced severe infection was taken to the rescue center at Bhavnagar.
Dalkhaniya range that experienced a terrible death of 14 lions also spotted 7 more lions (3 lions, 3 lionesses and a cub) in completely good health. However, they’ve been taken to undergo various tests in case of any infection.
Also, going through the test reports at Veterinary Molecular virology, Junagadh of two cubs that died earlier shows a severe deficiency of CD (Canal distemper). A lot of strategies have been designed and are in the process to save this pride of Asiatic lions.