"‘in the Gir forest’"


The Gir forst is home to the Asiatic Lion
Creative Commons AttributionThe Gir forst is home to the Asiatic Lion - Credit: Rupal Vaidya

In 1965 the Gir forest in Gujarat, India, was established as a wildlife sanctuary. With its diverse flora and fauna, the area is also the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lion and is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species.

The forest now hosts a lion breeding programme covering the park and surrounding area to support the development of the species, which has bred about 180 lions since its inception. The April 2010 census recorded the lion-count in Gir at 411, an increase of 52 compared to 2005.