The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan Gir) is believed to be the last residence for last 400 Asiatic Lions over this earth. Gir proved not only just a home to these majestic Lions, but as a paradise to them. Had it been the terrain, vegetation, climate, or medical care, Gir always stood the best for them. It’s not only the Gujrat Govt, but even the people of Gujrat has shown much affection towards these Lions. To people of Gujrat, Gir Lions are like members of their family. Gir has always stood the best fighting poaching, hence the Lions there feel themselves safe from cruel hands.
However, the decision for translocation of Gir Lions to Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary (MP) has been thrown over everyone and precisely the animals there in. The decision slapped down not only Gurat Govt but also all the Wildlife lovers and conservationists. While Indian Govt. claims this plan to be the most needful and call of the hour which would offer the Gir Lions more space to expand their prides, on the other hand paved the path for the wild Lions to end up in hell i.e. Zoo. While the whole world is protesting against captivating wild animals, we Indians are denoting this act as beneficial? India has history to captive their kings, and that is what happening today.. The saying is well proved that “history repeats itself..”
WII (Wildlife Institute of India) recommendation
WII report clearly mentions that “Genetic consideration would not be a major factor, provided fresh male lions are moved from Gir to Kuno every three to five years and the resident males in Kuno selectively captured for Zoos.”
Last life treat
Are we ready to see our majestic wild Lions like this? So basically we are planning for the wild Lions to move from the paradise to hell, and we have no regrets for the same. Surprisingly, the suggestion came from the Wildlife Institute of India. Is the translocation so important that we are ready to sacrifice the wild cats to zoo in their last life? Do our Lions deserve such treatment after fighting for their life in wild? Ask yourself and you’ll find what to say..