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  • Leonine lament

    Leonine lament

    At first glance that caption might appear a contradiction in terms: lions are never associated with the tearful whimpering. Alas, that is what the last Asiatic lions holding out in the Gir forest in Gujarat have been reduced to. Not just because 23 of the big cats have died over the last few weeks, but …

    October 7, 2018
  • Gujarat lion deaths: Congress leader Ahmed Patel writes to PM Modi

    Gujarat lion deaths: Congress leader Ahmed Patel writes to PM Modi

    The toll in the Gir National Park and sanctuary in the last three weeks has touched 23, more than four per cent of the lions’ population of 523 at the last census in 2015.

    October 6, 2018
  • Gir lion deaths: Govt seeks expert help to unravel mystery

    Gir lion deaths: Govt seeks expert help to unravel mystery

    As the Gujarat Government is steadfastly resisting the Supreme Court’s order to shift some of the Gir lions to the Kuno Palpur reserve forest in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, the recent deaths of so many big cats may weaken the state’s argument that Asiatic lions are safe here.

    September 25, 2018
  • No cause for pride: A success story goes awry

    No cause for pride: A success story goes awry

    The lions of the Gir forest, the only surviving habitat of the Asiatic species, have long been a matter for parochial pride among the people of Gujarat; their netas in particular. They had joined forces to script a creditable conservation story that saw the once-dwindling population increase to an impressive 503 cats when the last census …

    March 25, 2017