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2010-05-03 09:55:00

The endangered Asiatic Lion, which once thrived in southwest Asia before being forced to congregate in a small forest in western India, is starting to make a comeback thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, according to media reports on Monday. Fewer than 200 were believed to be in existence in the late 1960s. However, that number as more than doubled, as 411 Asiatic Lions are now believed to live in India's Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary - a growth rate that Gujarat Chief...

2008-08-24 22:57:26

Fifty-four women have been appointed and trained as part of a state forest department drive that has recruited 300 new forest guards and 180 foresters for protection of forest areas. Besides, about 300 people have volunteered their services as friends of forests. In a meeting held for protection of Asiatic lions in Gir sanctuary, Chief Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the working of the Gujarat State Lion Conservation Society which was started with an allocation of Rs 40 crore to protect lions...

2006-01-09 07:47:43

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The "King of the Beasts" may not rule beyond this century unless urgent action is taken to protect remaining lion habitat and halt conflict between humans and the big cats, a leading conservationist said on Monday. "Lions have lost 80 percent of their historic range in the last century and we don't want the next century to be a repeat," said Kristin Nowell, a member of the cat specialist group of the World Conservation Union, the world's...

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2006-01-09 07:45:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG -- The "King of the Beasts" may not rule beyond this century unless urgent action is taken to protect remaining lion habitat and halt conflict between humans and the big cats, a leading conservationist said on Monday. "Lions have lost 80 percent of their historic range in the last century and we don't want the next century to be a repeat," said Kristin Nowell, a member of the cat specialist group of the World Conservation Union, the world's largest network of...