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May 6, 2008

Sakkarbaug Zoo

Filed under: Attraction — Tags: , , , , , , — Abhishek Goyal @ 10:20 am

The Sakkarbaug zoo of Junagadh, the oldest zoo in Gujarat , is home to the famous Gir lions, tigers and leopards. This zoo was set up in 1863 AD by the Nawab, to save the Asiatic lion from extinction. Besides lions, there are also tigers, leopards, bears, jackals, wild ass, snakes and birds. An open zoo has also been developed over 500 acres of land. Now it’s the leading breeding centre for the Asiatic Lion. [Source]

The population of leopards in the area is on the rise and, in fact, has even outnumbered these lions. At present, nearly 30 leopards are inmates of the Sakkarbaug (SKB) Zoo, while the number of Asiatic lions stands at 21. [Source]

1 Comment »

  1. The lion population at Sakkarbaug right now is more than 80 Asiatic lions. Only a small portion are breeding.

    Secondly, it is quite easy to have lions breed per se. The females are in heat every 25+ days and can produce a set of cubs after successful mating in 3-4 months.

    If you would calculate the number of mature male and female lions at Sakkarbaug and divide that by the above equation you would be virtually shocked at the possibilities.

    To my mind, Sakkarbaug Zoo should give up its monopoly on Asiatic lions and redistribute them inside and outside the country to reputable zoos while maintaining the studbook for Indian zoos Asiatic lions and hybrids.

    Also, the issue of sending out lions should be depoliticised in order to really be able to do population management on the Indian zoos Asiatic lion population.

    Just my 5 cents of advice.
    I wonder

    Comment by Jelle Boef — December 1, 2010 @ 4:43 am

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