According to a new report, 10 Asiatic lions and dozens of people were killed last month by monsoon flooding in Gujarat, India.
The report, submitted this weekend to the state and federal environment ministries, said the rains also killed at least 10 of the country’s 523 lions — the last members of the subspecies left anywhere in the wild — as well as prey animals including more than 80 spotted deer and 1,670 Asian antelope called blue bulls…The lions’ deaths occurred in two badly flooded areas near the lion sanctuary in Gir National Forest in southern Gujarat. Other lions were found in “weak health and shocked condition” and were given treatment and food supplements, the report said, according to the Press Trust of India.
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On July 6, 2015 the Discovery Channel premiered a new Asiatic lion documentary “India’s Wandering Lions”. The lions were tracked and filmed for over 3 years.
Today, the Indian lion population has rebounded to a population of over 400 – a cause for celebration. However, their success has surpassed the natural capacity of the Gir Forest Sanctuary, forcing lions to spill over its borders and seek new homes. Can they remain out of trouble and keep their human neighbours onside for the long term? We have worked with Kosmik Global, Earth Touch and Discovery India to bring this incredible story to light. With unprecedented access by locals and the various forest departments, we have uncovered one of the most extraordinary stories of recovery of our generation. Our 4K cameras bring a beautiful richness and clarity to the imagery, while colour starlight and hi-res thermal techniques allow us to create striking images, day or night.
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Due to the man-tiger conflict in the state, India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has directed Uttar Pradesh, the country’s fifth largest state, to identify “potential” man-eaters and radio-collar tigers to track their movement.
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Russian forest officers are participating in India’s “Tiger Watch Programme,” a partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India and Global Tiger Forum. More than half of the world’s wild tiger population inhabits India.
“…in Russia forest officers may sometimes go a considerably long duration or even their entire career without actually seeing a tiger in the wild, given the sparse population in the ranges…”