Aaquib Chhipa, Ahmedabad: Twenty-five lions from Sakkarbaug zoo in Junagadh had been shifted to various other zoos across the country, as a part of an animal exchange and breeding program in the two years.
The highest number of Asiatic lions (7) were shifted to Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from this four lions were given to a zoo in Karnataka, whereas the other eight lions collectively had been shifted to Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, and Andhra Pradesh.
One was shifted to a newly formed Sardar Patel Zoological Park in Kevadia.
Twenty-four of the total 25 lions were shifted in 2019, whereas one lion was moved to Sardar Patel Zoological Park in the year 2020. Apart from lions 156 other animals including Chinakaras, antelopes, love birds, and others were shifted to many zoos across the country.
Not just lions, others moved too
A total of 181 animals were shifted to various other zoos across the country including twenty-five lions within the last two years. Seventy-seven out of 181 animals were sent to the newly formed Sardar Patel Zoological Park in Kevadia including one lion and two tigers from Sakkarbaug zoo in Junagadh.
138 animals were shifted from Sakkarbaug zoo in 2019, whereas 43 in the year 2020. Junagadh’s Sakkarbaug zoo had exchanged animals with almost eight states within the last two years. Apart from this, several animals were also shifted to other zoos in Gujarat.
The state revealed these details in reply to a question in the assembly. The state said many animals were shifted as a part of an animal exchange program with other zoos, whereas sometimes they were moved for breeding purposes as well.
The population of Asiatic lions in Gir Forest and other surrounding areas has increased to 674 compared to the 523 that was recorded in the last census held in 2015.
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