Gir National Park completes 50 years of establishment on 18th Sept, 2015
Q. Gir National Park has completed 50 years as sanctuary on Friday, 18th September 2015. What is the distinction of this sanctuary?- Published on 18 Sep 15
a. Only abode of the Asiatic lion in the world
b. Only abode of Royal Bengal Tiger in the world
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
ANSWER: Only abode of the Asiatic lion in the world
Gir National Park has completed 50 years as a sanctuary on September 18 2015. It had 174 lions when it was notified as a sanctuary on September 18, 1965. This park is the only abode of the Asiatic Lion in the world. To commemorate this, a special postage stamp and year long festivities have been launched. People of Peninsular Saurashtra where this sanctuary is located have saved the Asian lion from extinction. Gir’s lion population has grown to 523 and the protected area which was 1265 sq. km in 1965, has now expanded to 22,000 sq. km.