By B S Prabhurajan Mysore, Apr 27 UNI | 3 months ago

The Century-old Mysore Zoo, has taken up captive breeding of Asiatic lions, a highly endangered species.

The Mysore zoo authorities have approached Sakkarbaug zoo at Junagadh, Gujarat, with a request to spare a female lion under its animal exchange programme.

Zoo sources told

UNI that Sakkarbaug zoo had earlier given a pair of lions to the Mysore zoo in March 2011 under the exchange programme, however, the lioness suffered health problems and was unable to recover despite continuous treatment.

This prompted the Mysore zoo to request another lioness to revive its breeding plans.

Incidentally, the lioness, Gowri, bred once, and the cub she delivered died after six months.

Asiatic lions are listed as endangered species, surviving only in the Gir forest of Gujarat. Sakkarbaug Zoo is renowned for breeding Asiatic lions.

Chief Conservator of Forests and Zoo Executive Director B P Ravi, who was recently at Sakkarbaug zoo, said the zoo had been formally requested to spare a lioness in exchange for wolves and other animals.

A formal decision from Sakkarbaug zoo authorities on our request is awaited. Once the zoo gives its consent to our proposal, the Central Zoo Authority of India would be approached for the green signal to proceed with the exchange, Mr Ravi explained.

(Posted on 27-04-2014)