The moment that I heard there was a proposal to move these precious Asiatic Lions into Madhya Pradeesh, I thought WTF!!! (yes I know, not very scientific, however im human….) Lets look at the reasoning behind this ? The Gurajat Government (GG) (Gir Lions area Gov) refused to allow the lions to be relocated mainly due to the fact that Madhya Pradeesh (MP) cannot even protect the Tigers that live there.
The MP Sanctuary proposed for the Gir Lions relocation is Kuno sanctuary, an area known for its increasing high tourism. There are only about 400 Asiatic Lions left, and they lived (some say confined) only to Gir area and of course these beautiful last Asiatic lions are subjected to the scum poachers at times, however they did have a steady population for years in Gir. Lets look at Kuno at MP – the positives is that there is a higher density of prey species inside of Kuno compared with Gir. Suddenly after all these years, “experts” freaked out saying “what if an epidemic hit Gir and wiped out all the Lions”…. yes, I understand that but that should have been thought about possibly 20 years ago…. They are a little slow on the uptake these “scientists”.
Now, MP, a while back, about 125 yrs ago, Lions were found in MP (and Rajasthan) but were pushed out due to habitat loss and all the usual human impact crap we do. Villagers have been moved from Kuno area to lessen impact with these Apex predators, and there are plans to move more villlagers out, there is also plans to construct a 7 foot wall to keep the animals from the humans.
Personally I think that should read to keep the “humans from the animals”. Its not going to happen. People are scum and lions are in demand for poaching (just ask Kenya and Africa in general )
Then let have a look at the 3 top Apex Predators of India living in the same location, Tigers, Lions and Leopards and of course the random Bears.
Tigers are a solitary creature, and prefer to be on their own a lot. Lions are community animals and live in prides Imagine a lone Tiger wandering into a pride of Lions in MP? What would be the outcome? I think we all know the outcome, and god help if a mother Tigress wanders in with her cubs. Lions are the best of times, barely tolerate other cats, including the cubs of their own females at times.
Now add into that, the Bengal Tigers are spiralling to extinction in India, although many “experts” and “authorities” will just not admit that, ego I suppose However, from all accounts that last census stating 1706 tigers, is a load of BS. From on ground sources, (NGO’s and scientists carving under funded research in horrendous conditions) has reported that there could be as few as 1000 Bengal Tigers. 2013’s so far shameful deaths is unprecedented, standing now at 75 dead bengals
MP has got a record of growing poaching along with construction of highways running through the entire National Park and out control tourism!!! I really mean out of control, screaming yelling, trucks, cars, idiots everywhere running wild through the parks, while guides please the ones who give them a few extra dollars to go off the designated tracks to see theh animals… Im mean WTF!!!! Are the decision makers smoking the local weed while making these decisions???
As for the sudden concern for the years of stable population of Gir Lions in Gir, suddenly contracting an epidemic which kills them all, yes I can understand that But I also understand the years of known drought that the Gir Lions have suffered and the announcements of authorities that they will dig water holes for the Lions. 2013 and the Lions are still waiting.
As for the disease front, I find that reason fairly hilarious. The reason, as I drove through the revered River Ganges where people bath in its holy waters, I filmed people using it for washing their clothes, dead animals floated nearby, and possibly the most horrible thing, people using it as a toilet. Trust me, I got good film footage of a number of people taking a shit in the “holy river”. Disease outbreaks are going to occur in India, but it will be with the human population first due the severely unhygienic conditions.
The beauty of the Gir Forest is that most diseases cannot tolerate such extreme heat, and the stable population of Gir Lions for years (although small) haven’t had an inclinging of the putrid habits the humans do in India.
If there is going to be a disease outbreak, it will be a human disease epidemic.
Another few questions and information that bother me on why move these stable population lions into a possibly all out conflict of Apex predator territory and prey claims, and endanger both critically endangered species, and those questions and information are:
1 I would like to see the geological survey of Gir National Park to find out what resources are in the area.
2. I would like to know any proposed corporate operations in the Gir area
3. I would like to if the Indian Government can possibly dig into that bottomless pit of money donated to the tiger and parks and create numerous anti poaching teams, not just the one or two out there For gods sake, I was able to buy a tiger protection unit a car, im sure the Indian Gov can buy `1000 cars, equip rangers and pay them to protect.’
4. What are you going to do about the obvious future deaths of tiger cubs and lion/tiger conflict?
5. Where do your experts get their qualificaitons from? Breakfast ceral packets?
Sorry, I feel that the world is looking at a breathtakingly bad decision which will result in death.
As usual, your opinions are very welcome, Sybelle