Sunday, April 26, 2009

protection of lions and tigers in India

In India Gujarat opposes Centre's plan to relocate 5 lions from Gir where there are about 350 to a 300 sq km forest at Kunopalpur in Sheopur district.

Pro relocation argument is to save lions from a disaster that could wipe them all in one go since they are concentrated in one place. Think of the disaster at Seringeti forest in Africa where a disease, canine distemper, wiped out 80% of the lion population in a short time.

Against relocation argument is that lions could not be relocated to experimental surroundings already inhabited by tigers. Better not mix them.

Also there seems to be a lot of poaching going on in Gir.