The population of Asiatic lions has been found to have increased considerably in the Gir wildlife sanctuary — from 411 during the last census in 2010 to 523 in 2015.
The census data also reveals that the lions’ habitat area has increased to 22,000 square kilometres, which has almost doubled in five years.
- The Gir forest is the only place in the whole of Asia where the Asiatic lion is now found.
- It is situated in Gujarat.
- It is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species. The ecosystem of Gir, with its diverse flora and fauna, is protected as a result of the efforts of the government forest department, wildlife activists and NGOs.
- Major perennial rivers of the Gir region are Hiran, Shetrunji, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Godavari and Raval.
Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.