Amazon Quiz: In which national park of India is the last of this species in Asia found in the wild?


Corbett National Park


Gir Forest


Answer: Gir Forest

Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a forest, national park, and wildlife sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. It has a total area of 1,412 km2, of which 258 km2 are completely protected as a national park and 1,153 km2 are designated as a wildlife sanctuary. It was founded in 1965 in the former Nawab of Junagarh’s exclusive hunting region.

The habitat of the Asiatic lion consists of open deciduous forest and arid scrub terrain. They are all found in or close to Gir National Park.

The Asiatic lion was designated a protected species in 1900, when the population was thought to be as low as 100. In a 1936 census, 289 animals were counted. 

Today, it is the only place in Asia where Asiatic lions can be found, and because of its biodiversity, it is regarded as one of the most significant protected areas in Asia. The government’s forest department, wildlife activists, and NGOs worked together to safeguard the Gir environment and its varied flora and fauna. It is currently regarded as Gujarat’s ecological resources’ crown jewel.

The ecosystem of Gir National Park and Sanctuary is now threatened by a number of factors like forest fires, cyclones, and drought. Overgrazing, encroachment, excessive traffic, and the resulting weed infestation are examples of man made dangers. 

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