The Daily Mail’s recent story of the Asiatic lion includes stunning photos by wildlife photographer Uri Golman. Read the full story and see all of the images for “An Intimate and Stunning Photo Portrait of the Last Remaining Asiatic Lions…”
Read more about the Asiatic Lion and conservation groups working to protect this endangered species here.
Wild cat sanctuaries often struggle with funding. In the article “Raising Large Sums for an Animal Sanctuary” from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Jean Herrberg from the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana talks about how she acquired property for her sanctuary and other income-generating programs she has implemented to support her facility.
An article from National Geographic on the importance of lion and tiger corridors in India.
“Every day, little by little, our species is creating new islands. These are not islands in the sea. They are patches of forest, grassland, mountainside, and swamp that encompass what remains of the wild. Unlike islands dotted across the sea, though, there are sometimes pathways between these protected swaths that permit organisms to traverse the small percentage of their range that remains open to habitation. In the case of central India’s tigers and leopards, these wildlife corridors are critical for survival.”
You can read the entire story here.
The Asiatic lion is an endangered lion subspecies that inhabits Gujarat (The Land of the Legends), a state in India. There are currently less than 500 Asiatic lions in existence. Only 13 Asiatic lions were in existence in 1907, when an Indian prince banned hunting the lions.
In 1965, the Gujarat’s Gir National Park and Gir National Sanctuary began protecting the lion to prevent its extinction. Today, the Pania Sanctuary, Girnar Sanctuary and Mitiyala Sanctuary also provide a safe haven for the lion.
According to an article in Scientific American, the Asiatic lions have so far been saved from extinction, but are now outgrowing their safe environment and facing new survival issues.
“…the lions themselves are killed or injured when they come into contact with crude, deadly electric fences built around farms or fall in any of the tens of thousands of roughly hewn open wells in the region.”
The Wildlife Conservation Trust of India’s Asiatic lion website has detailed information on the lion, including statistics, habitat and conservation data. The group is also involved in the Sakkarbaug Zoo Asiatic lion breeding program.
Map of Gujarat in India
Asiatic Lion Photo Credit: Gangasudhan at en.wikipedia
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