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RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 08-06-2020

Abode of Asiatic lion gets grand makeover

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Sunset point at Bhalchel, amphitheatre, selfie points, watch tower at Devaliya have all been planned
Gujarat govt is leaving no stone unturned to enhance experience of visitors from the moment they enter Gir to the time they exit with a revamp of facilities by spending Rs 30 crore in three phases

By Nischal Sanghavi

The last dwelling place of the majestic Asiatic lion is getting spruced up. To elevate the viewing experience and make it a memorable visit for visitors, the State government is upgrading facilities in and around Gir National Park and Sanctuary. Popularly known as Sasan Gir, the forest and its adjoining areas have reportedly seen a 29 per cent rise in the lion population since the last census. From 523 lions as per the 2015 census, the lion population has grown to 674 as per the ‘poonam avalokan’ or full moon night observation held recently that replaced the Lion Census 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Gujarat Tourism Minister Jawahar Chavda said that the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited has chalked out a facelift plan to enhance visitor experience and increase tourist re-visits.

Sunset point at Bhalchel, amphitheatre, selfie points, watch tower at Devaliya have all been planned

According to Dr Mohan Ram, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Gir, “The main attraction for tourists is the national park to see the Asiatic lions in the wild habitat with different species of animals, birds and reptiles co-existing to create their own ecosystem. We are creating and upgrading facilities outside the national park, where tourists can hang out and have a better experience of the Gir visit. One of the things planned is developing a sunset point at Bhalchel hill, where tourists can spend time after the jungle safari. The sunset point will also have facilities like amphitheatre, food court, selfie points etc. The tourist area of Devaliya Safari Park will also see a major makeover with a 30-meter high watch tower to enable people to get a top view of the jungle and carry out photography. Moreover, a complete make
over has been planned for the souvenir shops, food kiosks, seating arrangements and Gir interpretation zone.”

Gir already has an arboretum with almost 1,000 varieties of botanical trees. The campus is known to have a nesting place for a variety of bird species. The facility was sparingly used till now, but now the authorities have planned to provide a walking trail, where people can experience chirping birds with exotic variety of trees. Other additions to the place like children play area in between densely planted trees and selfie points will surely make it attractive for tourists. The nature park is also renovated as a beautiful camping site where student visitors can live amidst nature and learn about local flora and fauna.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 12 months. The first phase will cost Rs 11cr and the second phase Rs 16 cr. Final phase has creative part and will cost around Rs 3 cr
Jawahar Chavad, tourism minister
Tourism minister Chavda said, “The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 12 months. The first phase will cost Rs 11crore and the second phase Rs 16 crore. The tenders for the last and final phase have not been floated. This phase includes the creative part and will cost around Rs 3 crore. Apart from this, the government has also provided Devaliya Safari with 10 air-conditioned buses. The buses would have full-glass viewing safari buses similar to that in Singapore night safari. This is to avoid the experience of witnessing the king of the jungle from a cage.”

The reception plaza, orientation centre, gazebo, entry gate for Sinh Sadan which is the guesthouse and safari organiser will also be refurbished. The street of Sasan that gives one the experience of a village will also be revamped for people to get a feel of the jungle. “This was a long pending project that we had begun with the forest authorities that will provide total satisfaction to tourists from the moment they enter Gir to the time they exit.”

The new facilities
1.AC full-glass buses for safari
2. Revamp of Sasan streets
3.30m watch tower at Devaliya
4.Sunset point at Bhalchel hill
5.Birding and walking park in
between botanical trees
6.Renovation of camping site
7.New facilities at Sinh Sadan

https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/cover-story/abode-of-asiatic-lion-gets-grand-makeover/articleshow/77361644.cms


RE: Bigcats News - Sanju - 08-08-2020

London lions beat the heat with icy meat-pops

video: https://news.yahoo.com/london-lions-beat-heat-icy-144625674.html


RE: Bigcats News - BorneanTiger - 08-10-2020

An Indian leopard has been spotted in a busy part of the financial capital, Mumbai: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-indian-leopard-panthera-pardus-fusca?pid=123858#pid123858


RE: Bigcats News - Dark Jaguar - 08-12-2020

122 kg Porto Primavera male Jaguar captured by Peter Crawshaw and his team in 1994.


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Watch the brief 39 secs video of his news on TV that aired in the 90's here.





'' The animal was found at river banks of the Paraná river its an 8 years old male with 122 kg and over 2 meters long. The Jaguar was captured and anesthesed by Peter Crawshaw's team, The technicians collect many infos and datas and put on a collar with radio transmitter. Through the collar signal they will follow the Jaguar steps and get to know the feeding habits, the datas will be used as infos to the Environmental Impact Report of the Hydroelectric of Porto Primavera. ''


This male of 8 years old weighing 122 kg, he measured 56 cm on tail length and measured 151 cm in total.


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Peter Crawshaw and the 122 kg Porto Primavera male in 1994.


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RE: Bigcats News - Balam - 09-24-2020

Chile's capital becomes hot spot for cougar sightings

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A cougar cub was captured in a posh Santiago neighborhood near the foothills of the Andes mountains, National Zoo officials said, the latest in a rash of recent wild cat sightings in the Chilean capital.


The cougar, a native species, had been spotted wandering around the suburb of Las Condes along with its mother and another cat, which are still at large, officials said.

Though there is no official count, the latest sightings mark a trend as cougars descend from the desolate flanks of the high Andes down into the metropolis of 6 million residents.

As months of coronavirus lockdowns have stilled the urban commotion, cougars feel emboldened to forage for food in the suburbs after years of drought, scientists have speculated.

Zoo officials said the city, too, has sprawled towards the mountains, encroaching on the cat’s habitat.

“We are going to have to get used to the presence of cougars,” said Alejandra Montalba, director of the National Zoo in Santiago. “They are here to stay.”

Zoo officials worked with police officers to capture the cougar early on Wednesday, and said they would resume the hunt for the remaining cougars at night.

The animals are typically released to the wild after officials give them a clean bill of health.


My guess is that with the lack of native herbivores to hunt outside of protected reserves these cougars are desperate for food and will try to find it into the city. 

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