15 April 2013

SC allows translocation of Asiatic lions from Gujarat to MP

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the translocation of Asiatic lions from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh.

In its verdict the apex court gave six months for translocation of the endangered species from Gir sanctuary in Gujarat to Kuno Palpur wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.

“The species which is on the verge of extinction needs a second home,” the apex court ruled responding to a PIL filed by an environmental group on whether the Asiatic lions should be shifted to Kuno to avoid extinction of the endangered species in case of a calamity or disease.

The two BJP-governed states have been at loggerheads over the translocation of the Asiatic lions.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan government had asked the Gujarat government to send a few lions from Gir to Kuno Palpur sanctuary. However, the Gujarat government had argued against the need to move the Asiatic lions, saying that the Kuno reserve isn’t suitable for lions as it houses tigers, and its weather and environment aren’t conducive for their survival.

The court has also constituted a large expert body to decide the number of lions to be relocated and closely monitor their translocation in Madhya Pradesh.

However, the court has ruled against the introduction of African cheetahs in India.

Asiatic lion is listed as endangered by International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) based on the small population size and exists as a single isolated population in Gujarat. 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/sc-allows-translocation-of-asiatic-lions-from-gujarat-to-mp_842195.html

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