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Lioness at Gir sets a record – gives birth to 5 cubs

May 22, 2013

Gir National Park

Gir National Park. Laxmi (Mother of cubs) Photo Source: Timesofindia

Asiatic Loins fall under the list of endangered species. It is the Gir Forest National Park that stands alone as the abode of these big cats. Recently, the rapidly declining number of Asiatic Loins turned up as the matter of big concern. But fortunately, just at the right time a miracle at Gir brought a change in the scenario. A lioness named Laxmi gave birth to 5 cubs in a litter (group of lion cubs).

As per the wildlife experts, a lioness normally gives birth to two or three cubs at a time. Therefore, the delivery of five cubs in a litter is nothing less than a miracle that happened in Devaliya Park, Gir.

Around a year ago, Laxmi was shifted from the Sakarbaug Zoo to the Interpretation Centre (a zone where lions and lionesses are kept to receive visits from the tourists) in Devaliya Park. And today this 5 year old lioness is the proud mother of five healthy cubs.

5 newly born cubs are a ray of hope
These five newly born cubs brought a ray of hope for Gir National Park. On April 15, the Supreme Court gave orders for shifting the Asiatic Lions from Gir to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

The Government took this decision as it felt that the shift will bring a positive change in the gene pool of lions. Further, it was like a pre-defined action to avoid the Asiatic Loins from going to the brink of extinction.

Fortunately, the five little cubs have turned as the savior of their other kith and kin. Their birth has proved that the genetic pool at Gir is not affected by any means. Therefore, the Asiatic Loins can flourish at Gir in prosperity.

A brief on Gir National Park
Gir, the only home of the majestic royal cats – Asiatic Lions, was established as a sanctuary in the year 1965. The core area of the Gir National Park stretches over 258.71 square kilometers. Though this national park is highly acknowledged for preserving Asiatic Loins, but in addition to this the sanctuary is a home for various other fauna and flora species. As per the statistics Gir inhabits around 300 species of birds, 32 species of mammals and 26 reptile species. Further talking about the flora species, the major constituents of the park includes:

  • Teak
  • Khair
  • Ber
  • Hermo
  • Timru
  • Saledi

Various conservative efforts were made by the authorities to preserve wildlife dwelling at the park.

One of the most recent was strengthening patrolling and rescue operations around the Gir National Park. For the same WWF-India, a wildlife conservation organization offered three pickup trucks to the governmental bodies. Conservation initiatives have always laid the ground of Gir. This sudden leap in the number of Gir lions is a milestone recorded in the golden pages of the wildlife sanctuaries. The lioness Laxmi has not only set a biological record, but has also gifted saviors to Gir National Park.

Jessica Frei is a wildlife enthusiast and a blogger too, she likes to travel different national parks and wildlife sanctuaries all over the globe. She is currently in India on her wildlife tour.



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