8 pc increase in herbivores in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, the only abode of Royal Asiatic lions, has witnessed around eight per cent increase in the numbers of herbivores during last one year.
According to the results of the herbivore count undertaken during May 5 and 6, the number of chitals and peacocks has increased whereas the number of Chausingha has not increased during last one year.
According to a release, there are 79,289 herbivores in the sanctuary, against 74,455 herbivores last year.
There were 60,330 chitals in 2012-13 and now their number is 63,306.
The number of peacocks has increased from 27,435 to 29,688.
Chinkaras were 650 last year, now their presence has increased to 1,164. Chausinghas have been decreased to 756 from 810 last year.
Sambhar's presence too has marked a decrease from 4,115 to 4,403.
But the number of Nilgais has been increased from 2,990 to 3,436. Wild boars were 5,560 last year, who are now 6,225 in numbers,the release said.
(Posted on 28-05-2014)