Population of Asiatic lions in India up 29% in 5 years.

11 June,2020.


.According to a recent roport the population of the  Asiatic lion living in the Gir Forest in Gujarat is up by almost 29% and, geographically, the distribution area is up by 36%. The good news was shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter and Instagram on June 10,2020.


  • Asiatic lion population has increased by 29%.
  • In 2015 the number was 523 and in 2020 it has risen to  674.
  • There is an increase of 36% in the distribution area of lions.
  • In 2015 it was 22,000 sq km  in 2020 it has increased to  30,000 sq km.
  • However, the Gir lions continue to remain in the protected  environs of Gir Forest in Saurashtra Gujrat.

Reasons for the increase in population:

  • Minimsing the human- lion conflict.
  • Effective conservation and management by the Govt of Gujrat.
  •  Wildlife Healthcare.
  • Community Participation.
  • Emphasis on technology.

About the Asiatic Lions:

  • The Asiatic lion is a Panthera leo leo population in India.
  • Its current range is restricted to the Gir National Park and environs in the Indian state of Gujarat.
  • Historically, it inhabited much of Western Asia and the Middle East up to northern India.
  •  This lion population has steadily increased since 2010.
  • IUCN Status: Endangered.
  • They are listed in the Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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