Lions in Gir will now be tracked through GPS

Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar

A High-tech Monitoring Centre for monitoring the movement of lions as well as 150 Gypsy vans engaged in lions’ safari through GPS at the Sasan Gir National Park was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today.

He also inaugurated the digital wireless system, which would equip the staff with tablets through which could be given direction, even if they go out of the coverage area.  The radio telemetry monitoring centre at the Sinh Sadan at Sasan Gir in Junagadh district, he asked senior officers of Forest Department to complete early the Rs.350-crore lions’ conservation and breeding project in a time bound manner.

He said that Sasan Gir holds a pride of place in Gujarat as the only natural abode for the Asiatic lions. It is in fitness of things to provide adequate facilities at Devalia Park and Ambardia. He suggested electric cars for tourists, instead of petrol or diesel driven vehicles in the forest areas.

The Rs.350-crore package includes vans for domestic and international tourists to view lion safari, lions’ hospital, intensive treatment centre, research and development, supervision with drones, radio collar, modern wildlife rescue ambulance van, lions’ quarantine centre, vaccination centre, training centre for staff, strengthening rescue centre, animal exchange and appointment of veterinary staff.

Meanwhile under the ‘Animal Exchange Programme’ (AEP), the roars of 30 Asiatic Lions will soon be heard in the forests of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other states of the country, he added.

Under the AEP, the lions and other wildlife animals from Gir will be sent to other states in exchange of more than 142 wildlife species for the Sakkarbaug Zoo at Junagadh.

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