Brave Farmer Fought Against Lion to Protect His Cows Near Gir National Park

Gir National Park, Gujarat-News Update– For any farmer, growing crops and animals are the real asset for him. He treat cow like a member of his family and this is the reason why he can go to any extent to protect and care them. These days CCTV footage is making rounds over the social media in which a farmer from Gujarat could be seen fighting with lion to protect his cowsMan Fight With Lion.

The video footage that appeared on YouTube shows the date of the incident as 18 June i.e. Tuesday. It is being said that the name of the farmer living by making a house near Gir National Park is Devsingh Wadher. In the video footage of 30 seconds, it appears that farmer was in his house, only then he heard the voices of cows. The moment he comes out, he finds that his cows have been attacked by a lion.

The farmer saw that cow’s calf have been caught by the lion. Wadher quickly raises a thick stance and kicks the head of the lion with a loud thrust. Fortunately, the thick stick felt on the head of the lion, and his stoop left the calf. Wadher explains that the lion left the calf because of injury and jumped off boundary wall.  Wadher said that the calf is only five months old and he is very close to my heart. The lion had already grabbed his neck. It could be seen clearly in the video that the many cow run inside after the lion fled. Wadher said further that such incidents happen at least two times in a week when wild animals attack cows.

The interesting thing is that this incident took place early in the morning. Wadher did not have full clothes on his body. The good thing about this incident is that no causality is reported.

Gir National Park will be closed for tourists for four months from June 16

Gir National Park, Vadodara Update: Gir National Park which is only abode of Asiatic Lions in India will be closed for visitors from June 16 to October 15 as reported by the Gir officials. The park is closed for Indian as well as foreign visitors. Gir is an abode of 520 Asiatic Lions. This order has been published by the park authority on Saturday.

According to officials Additional Chief Secretary of Environment and Forest Department of Gujarat government Rajiv Gupta, “the park remain closed during this period every year as it is the breeding season for wildlife species living inside the park, including the big cats”.

The monsoon season from June to September is considered to be an ideal season for the breeding. Moreover, during the monsoon season, the condition of road inside the jungle area also deteriorates and it becomes not motoroble. Jeep safari cannot take place during this season. The dedicated safari routes become unsafe for visitors.

Sasan Gir National Park, situated in junagarh district, is the only home for Asiatic Lions and it attracts a huge number of wildlife visitors every year from India and abroad.

Apart from this forest department undertakes the maintenance work of the national park.

Would You Like to See Rare Asiatic Lions of Gir National Park? Plan a Tour This Time!

The Sasan-Gir region which is located 65 kilometer towards south-east of Junagarh city in the state of Gujarat, was a complete jungle before 100 years ago. The entire Junagarh area was then frequented by the Indian Rajas – Maharajas and British high officials such as Lord Curzon for hunting purpose only. This region was purely hunting excursion for them. However, later in the year of 1899 high profile men put a permanent stop and strictly prohibited to their lion-hunting tours. It was noted during those period that the number of lions decreased due to severe famine in the region. Post Independence, the government of India completely banned hunting and any kind of poaching activities in the year 1960.

Later in the year of 1965, Sasan Gir was officially declared as a sanctuary and protected area for the Asiatic Lions.  Now it is spread over 412 square kilometers in the Saurashtra region of the Gujarat. And present Gir National Park is one of the noted habitats for the rare Asiatic Lions in the world. Apart from the African Lions, Gir is the place where king of Jungle can be found. That’s the main reason why Gir attracts huge number of wildlife enthusiasts and research scholars from around the planet. Gir hosts more than 30 species of mammals, 600 plus species of plants, and a wide range of birds and insects.

Exploring Gir sanctuary to experience life amidst wilderness is an experienced best enjoyed by Jeep Safari Or Devalia Jeep. Additionally, there are many decent accommodation options available for visitors near the sanctuary.

Jeep Safari Timing in Gir National Park

6:30 AM to 8:30 AM

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

 

What else to do in Gir National Park?

Tourists can take delight in a number of activities that can be enjoyed such as:

  • Bird watching
  • Visit to Devaliya Safari Park
  • Visit to Maldharis Tribe
  • Crocodile Breeding
  • Visit to Siddis Tribe

When is the best time to visit Gir National Park?

An ideal time to visit Gir National Park is between December and March. The park remains closed from June 16 to September 15 every year due to rainy season.

Where to Stay?

There are number of wildlife resorts located on the outskirts of Gir National Park. Tourists can choose from a number of two-star, three star, four-star and five-star properties in the Gir region. Gir Jungle Lodge, Anil Farm House, Savaj Resort are some of the best options that offer cool accommodation.

Men Chasing and Harassing a Lion on the Road in Una near the Gir National Park

Gir National Park, Gujarat

News Update: 05-Nov-2018

Once again, a video has been surfaced recently that shows how a few young men on their motorcycle are chasing a lion on the road nearby the Gir National Park. In the video, a lion was running away from a pack of motorcyclists who happened to be chasing the lion. The video, as it appears, is recorded by one of the motorcyclists of that group.

The video went viral as soon as it has been surfaced on the various social media platforms. It has raised serious questions on the safety and security of the wildlife in the Gir National Park. The forest department of the Gir forest is responsible for the safety of these wild animals of the Gir forest. The incident happened on the Saiyad Rajpara port road in the Una city of the Gir Somnath district adjacent to the Gir National Park.

In the video, it is seen that the lion has been chased away for a large distance before the lion changed its direction and went into the bushes. It is common for the Lions in the Gir National Park to prowl on the streets or roads passing across the forest or around the forest. The increasing number of Lions and crunching of their natural habitat area is the reason of Lions stray out of the forest to nearby streets or roads.

The diminishing of the forest due to the encroaching human settlements is the reason Lions stretching their territory to human settlements adjacent to the forest. As of now, it is speculated that around more than 200 Lions are living on the edge of the Gir forest or outside of the Gir forest. Due to this, human and animal conflict in the Gir region becomes a common phenomenon in recent times. But harassing the protected Asiatic Lions like this is a serious crime and the forest officials must deal with such activities strictly to control such wildlife harassments.

Interesting to Watch: Gir National Park Lioness Act Like a Stroke Dog for Chicken Feast

A video taken inside the core area of the Sasan Gir National Park is making huge rounds across the social media platforms. In video it can be seen that a master or probably local villager feeding on a live hen like a domesticated animal. The entire incident was recorded when it took place in Gujarat where a person can be seen clearly teasing the lioness with live chicken. Lioness made two to three attempts in order to snatch the live flesh and finally took away the hen. Rest is here in the video.

A canine virus may be killing the last of India’s Asiatic lions

Group of Miscreants Abused and Harassed Lions While Eating Prey in Gir National Park

A deadly epidemic may be wiping out the world’s last few Asiatic lions.

In the past one month alone, at least 23 of the big cats have died in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in the western Indian state of Gujarat. These deaths include those of three cubs and three adult females.

Initially, forest officials suspected some of these deaths to have occurred in a territorial battle. “This is a natural course of action among lions,” Gir forest official GK Sinha had said. Three adult male lions from another area entered the forest in September and killed the cubs in an incident of infighting, Sinha had said.

However, tests conducted at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology, Pune, have officially confirmed the presence of the deadly canine distemper virus (CDV) in at least four of the tissue samples extracted from the carcasses.

“CDV is extremely infective (sic). In Serengeti (national park in Tanzania) it killed a 1,000 lions in three weeks. Such epidemics are like natural catastrophes that come without any forewarning. Translocation is good for lion conservation and one has to only follow the supreme court’s order to implement it,” Ravi Chellam, a conservation scientist, told the Mint newspaper.
Environmentalists believe scavenging for food and sharing space with feral dogs has lead to the spread of CDV.

While the lion population has jumped from 411 in 2010 to 523 in 2015, and then to 600 lions by now, Gir’s 1,621 square kilometre area has remained constant. That leaves a decreasing amount of area per lion.

In the meantime, listed as a “critically endangered” species in 2000, the Asiatic lion’s status was upgraded to just “endangered” in 2008 after its numbers increased.

Emails to the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change and to the forest department of Gujarat remained unanswered.

Warning ignored
Foreseeing such mass deaths, the supreme court of India had, more than five years ago, ordered the shifting of some lions from Gujarat to Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh to keep them safe from such epidemics.

Resource Link: https://qz.com/india/1414444/why-are-indias-asiatic-lions-dying-in-gir-gujarat/

4 of 23 Lions in Gir Died Due to Suspected Viral Disease

The Gujarat government on Tuesday said canine distemper may have been responsible for the death of four lions even as two more deaths were reported in Gir, taking the death toll to 23 since September 12.

“While advance reports from various laboratories are awaited, in four cases, canine distemper virus is suspected to be the cause,” said forest minister Ganpat Vasava. Canine distemper is a viral disease that impacts a large number of wild animals including cats and dogs. The two lions that died on Tuesday were shifted from Semerdi in Dalkhania range in the eastern part of Gir to Jasapar rescue centre after 11 lions from the same area died between September 12 and 19.

The forest department said at the time of announcing the 11 deaths that infighting and infection were responsible for the deaths. Between September 20 and 30, another 10 lions died while receiving treatment.

The minister said one of the lions might have caught the virus and infected others in the same area. “We have isolated all lions from Semerdi area. A survey in all the others parts of Gir, including the national park and Gir West, has been done and they (lions) are clean and safe,’’ said the chief conservator of forest, Jungadh wildlife division Dushyant Vasavada.

According to forest department officials, all the lions lost were in Gir East, a neglected region in this last adobe of Asiatic Lions. The other two divisions of Gir are Gir West and the National Park; the latter two are the preferred destination of tourists and national and international big cat experts.

Sasan Gir is the headquarters of Gir forest and it has the national park so it is in the focus and closely monitored. Five lakh tourists who annually come for safari go to Sasan and Devaliya Interpretation Zone that are over 50 km away from Dalkhaniya range where all the causalities have happened ,” said Bhika Jethava, president of the Lion Nature Foundation, an NGO working for conservation of the big cats. Razak Bloch, president of the Gujarat State Save Environment Committee, agreed and said : “It often takes a day or two for the rescue team to respond to any distress call given by locals in connection with lion injury or death in the eastern region.” Jethava said the forest department acknowledged a carcass of a lioness in the eastern part 24 hours after they were informed on September 24.

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Top Places to See Nearby Sasan Gir National Park

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over approximately 1,424 square kilometres situated in the state of Gujarat, India. It is an abode of a large number of Asiatic lions. It is famous for Asiatic Lions. In addition, in this wildlife sanctuary numerous species of flora and fauna are found here. In the park 30 species of mammals many species of pests – mumps, 20 species of reptile and birds. The forest of Sasan gir national park was declared wildlife sanctuary in the year of 1969 later its area was expanded around 140.4 sq. Km and established as national park after six years. It has been now expanded around 258.71 square kilometres and the populations of lions has increased around 523 individuals comprising 109 adult males, 201 adult females and 213 cubs.

Here is the list of places to visit in gir:

Somnath MandirSomnath Mandir: Somnath mandir is one of the most popular and oldest temple in india located 46 kilometers away from Sasan-gir. Somnath comes to India’s most emirate temple but in 10th century it was robbed several  times by armies of mahmud of Ghazni and it lost its attraction. Somnath mandir earlier known as ”LORD PATAN” and it is one of the twelve important Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva.

Attractions around the Somnath temple include Somnath Beach, Somnath Museum, Junagadh Gate, Bhalka Tirtha, Jama Masjid, Ahilyabai Temple, Bhadio Pagoda, Gir National Park, Chorwad Beach, My Puri and Port of Veraval.

Nalsarovar Lake: There are three water bodies in Sasan-gir, Nalsarovar one of them. It is home of many birds and migratory birds, which is also known as birdwatchers paradise. There also found one of famous species like pulp puppet, back,back cuckoo, eagle and many others. There is also a temple of “Lord Krishna” near from this lake.

Mahabat Maqbara: Mahabat Tomb is a big tomb of Nawab. It was architectural in the style of Indo-Islamic in 1892. This tomb has been testified as the best structure built in this architectural style among all other such structures in India.

Kankai Mata TempleKankai Mata Temple: Kankai Mata Temple one of the most attractive place and it is 25km away from  Sasan – gir. The thrilling expierence of vast Gir Jungle can be experienced during night with the roaring of majestic Asiatic Lions. As per forest the department norms only fifty devotees are allowed to stay at once during night.

The Kamleshwar DamKamleshwar Dam:  The Kamleshwar Dam – another important water reservoir situated within the boundary of Gir National Park. It was constructed in order to fulfill the water requirement within the park for surviving creatures. It’s pretty good view and sere ambiance attracts the tourists visiting the Gir  Natioanl Park. It was built in the year of 1959 on the Hiran River.  The tour to Kamleshwar Dam is complimented with Gir Safri tour.

Harassing a Lion in Gir National Park May Brings a Stringent Punishment Now

Sasan Gir, Gujarat

News Update: 22-June-2018

Now, harassing or teasing Lions in the Gir National Park can get you a harsh punishment of 7 years of imprisonment. Recently, the government of Gujarat has announced a tough action against the offenders in the National Park who will harass the King of the forest.

After several incidents of harassing and teasing the Lions in Gir have surfaced recently, the government of Gujarat proposed a sentence of seven years of imprisonment for the lawbreakers. The harsh step was taken in the wake of the many such offending videos of Lion harassment, which surfaced over the social media networks and got viral online inviting a sharp criticism from the wildlife activists and enthusiasts about the security and safety of wildlife in the Gir National Park.

The officials of the Gir National Park and the forest department of Gujarat will also set up a network of local informers who will inform the authorities instantly if any illegal activities occurred in or around the park such as illegal video filming or photography of the Asiatic lion or the illegal lion show organized by the local offenders.

The Gir National Park is among the most popular National Parks in India and the only natural abode of the Asiatic Lions in the world. The wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers used to visit the park for the holiday and Jeep safari in the Gir forest for the wildlife sighting. However, many videos of teasing, harassing and attracting Lions’ attention illegally inside the Gir National Park have damaged the reputation of the park. So, the harsh punishment may work as a big deterrent for the offenders.

The minister of forest in Gujarat, Ganpat Vasava said, “The new decisions were taken to provide a safety net for lions and ensure that they are conserved.” In addition to the punishment, other decisions have also been taken to enhance the safety of the wildlife in Gir such as a declaration of nearly 109 square km of the area near the park located in the Amreli and Bhavnagar districts as a Gir conservation reserve.

How to Book Online Safari in Sasan Gir

The dense and deciduous forest of Sasan Gir is among the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India and the only reserve forest which is the natural home to the endangered Asiatic Lions in the world. With the proper conservation efforts, the shrinking population of Lions has now reached up to a decent number. The forest of Gir has been synonymous with the King of the forest, the Asiatic Lions, since hundreds of years ago when the forest was the hunting abode of the Royal members of the Junagarh Kingdom.

Being the only wildlife destination in India for the sighting of the majestic King of the Jungle, the Gir forest department provides an opportunity for the wildlife enthusiasts, especially Lion lovers, to get the sight of the forest King and his pride in their natural habitat. The wildlife safari is organized for the tourists by the forest department, which takes tourists deep inside the forest so that they can explore the wildlife in its natural state.

Many different types of the safaris are available in the various such forests and parks in India depending on the ecological diversities of the park. The Gir National Park offers only the Jeep Safari to explore the Gir forest. The safari Jeeps that are registered with the forest department of Gir are allowed to enter into the reserve forest. A maximum of 6 adults and 1 children (below 11 years) are allowed in a Jeep Safari apart from the driver and a naturalist guide. With every Jeep Safari, a forest guide is mandatory as per the rules by the forest department.

The prime concern of every wildlife tourist who visits any National Park is the process of booking the safari. The Gir National Park offers an online booking facility to book your entry permit for the safari. Only a limited number of Jeeps are allowed to go inside the forest in a shift and three shifts are organized in the Sasan Gir. All the entry permits of the Jeep safari can only be booked through the online system. There is no safari booking facility at the Gir reception center so visiting at the Gir reception directly for the safari without any prior online booking will lend you in a big hassle.

For making an online booking in gir, you have to provide the details like Full Name, Age and Sex of each visitor. All the information should be same as printed on the identity cards of each visitor as booking with the incorrect or incomplete ID proof will be considered invalid. You will not be permitted for the safari against such booking permits. Also, your original identity proof will be checked at the entry gate so carry the same ID proofs while going for the safari. For the Indian citizen, any government approved ID card will be accepted such as Voter Card, Aadhar Card, Driving License, etc. For the foreigners, only the Passport will be accepted as the Identity card.

Along with the ID proofs, you also have to provide the date of the visit and the shift of safari to book the permit. You can choose any shift according to your convenience among the three shifts organized daily which are early morning shift (6am-9am), morning shift (9am-12pm) and afternoon shift (3pm-6pm). In order to finalize the booking, you have to pay the full safari amount in advance. Tourists can book Jeep safari online a maximum of 90 days prior to the visit. There is a heavy rush of wildlife tourists during holiday seasons so it is always advisable to make an advance booking for the safari.

For Online Safari Booking: http://www.sasangirnationalpark.in/online-gir-forest-safari-booking.html
Or
For Online Devalia Safari Booking: http://www.sasangirnationalpark.in/online-gir-forest-safari-booking.html