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Moment of ‘Pride’: Asiatic Lion Finds New Home in Barda Wildlife Sanctuary after over 140 Years

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Nathwani said that a male lion of around three and a half years of age entered Barda Sanctuary on January 18. Pic/News18

The Asiatic Lion, the pride of Gujarat and India, has found a new and second home in Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, near Porbandar. The lion’s last presence in Barda was recorded way back in 1879, informed Rajya Sabha member Parimal Nathwani who is a Gir lion enthusiast and also a member of the Advisory Committee of Gir Sanctuary and National Park.

Nathwani said that a male lion of around three and a half years of age entered Barda Sanctuary on January 18. The lion was sighted in Mota Jungle Beat of Ranavav Round in Ranavav Range of Porbandar Wildlife division. The male lion was first spotted on October 3, 2022, in Madhavpur Round of Porbandar Wild Life Division. After spending nearly three months in various habitats of coastal forest and wastelands, this male has crossed over to Barda Wildlife Sanctuary. In order to monitor the movement of the Lion, it was radio-collared by Gujarat Forest Department on October 29, 2022, Nathwani added.

As per the document titled ‘Project Lion: Lion @47 Vision for Amrutkal’, the Barda Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat has been identified and assessed by the Wildlife Institute of India as a potential site, where a population of 40 adult and sub-adult lions can be accommodated in the larger landscape of Barda-Alech hills and coastal forests through natural dispersal.

“Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi has envisioned the importance of Gir lions and drawn a detailed road map for the prosperity of our precious wildlife. As a lion and wildlife enthusiast, I am very happy that Asiatic Lions are dispersing naturally in

Nathwani said that a male lion of around three and a half years of age entered Barda Sanctuary on January 18. The Asiatic Lion, the pride of Gujarat and India, has found a new and second home in Barda Wildlife Sanctuary, near Porbandar. After spending nearly three months in various habitats of coastal forest and wastelands, this male has crossed over to Barda Wildlife Sanctuary.

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