Majestic Asiatic Lion | UPSC
PM expresses happiness over increasing population of the Majestic Asiatic Lion
WHY IN NEWS:
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Two very good news: Population of the Majestic Asiatic Lion, living in Gujarat’s Gir Forest, is up by almost 29%.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Fauna : Conservation of Biodiversity : Majestic Asiatic Lion
For PRELIMS this is not an important issue . Just skim through the IUCN status ,That should suffice your preparation .
For MAINS keep a note on lion conservation initiatives and movements .
KEY FACTS :
- The Asian Lion is a subspecies of the lion which survives today only in India and therefore it is also known as the Indian or Gir lion.
- Like their African cousins, Asian lions are highly sociable animals living in social units called prides.
- The Asian lion pride is smaller.
- The gestation period last for between 100 – 119 days after which 1 – 6 cubs are born.
- Intervals between births can be 18 – 26 months.
- Due to conservation initatives, this small population is steadily increasing but the species is listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as it is still vulnerable to many threats.
Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides.
Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young.
SOURCES: PIB | IUCN | Majestic Asiatic Lion UPSC
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