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The total number of lion safaris conducted in the country, State/UT-wise;

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE 

LOK SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION No. 2952 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 28.12.2018 

Lion Safaris 

2952. SHRI P.R. SUNDARAM
          SHRI DHANANJAYMAHADIK
          DR. J. JAYAVARDHAN
          DR. HEENAVIJAYKUMAR GAVIT
          SHRI SATAV RAJEEV: 
          SHRI MOHITE PATILVIJAYSINHSHANKARRAO
          SHRIMATI SUPRIYASULE: 

Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state: 

  • (a) the number of lion safaris conducted in the country, State/UT-wise; 
  • (b) the details of protected areas for lion habitat, State/UT-wise; 
  • (c) whether the Government has any data on the number of humans killed by lions during each of the last three years and the current year and if so, the details thereof; 
  • (d) whether the Government has formulated any criteria for providing compensation to the kins of the victims killed by lions, if so, the details thereof; 
  • (e) whether the Government proposes to launch Lion Project on the lines of Tiger project and if so, the details thereof; and 
  • (f) the amount allocated/sanctioned and utilized for conservation of lions during each of the last three years and the current year?
Lion+Safaris
ANSWER 
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY 
OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE 
(DR. MAHESH SHARMA) 

(a) State Government of Gujarat conducts two Lion Safaris in the State. One Safari is being conducted at “Devaliya Interpretation Centre” and another at “Ambardi Interpretation Centre” in Gujarat. 

Lion Safaris are also conducted in Zoos which are being managed by Central Zoo Authority (CZA). State/UT-wise list of Lion Safaris operating in various Zoos recognised under Section 38-H of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 are as follows: 
S.
No.
State / UT
Zoo having Lion Safari
Location
Category
1
Chhattisgarh
Nandanvan Jungle Safari
Naya Raipur
Medium Zoo
2
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Lion Safari - Vasona
Vasona
Mini Zoo
3
Gujarat
Ambardi Wildlife Interpretation Zone (Ambardi Safari Park)
Dhari
Mini Zoo
4
Karnataka
Bannerghatta Biological Park
Bengaluru
Large Zoo
5
Karnataka
Tiger & Lion Safari
Shimoga
Small Zoo
6
Kerala
Lion Safari Park at Nayyar Dam (Nayyar Mini Zoo)
Thirunvananthapura m
Mini Zoo
7
Maharashtra
Sanjay Gandhi National Park- Zoo
Borivali
Small Zoo
8
Odisha
Nandankanan Biological Park
Bhubaneswar
Large Zoo
9
Punjab
Mahendra Chaudhury Zoological Park
Chhatbir, Chandigarh
Large Zoo
10
Tamil Nadu
Arignar Anna Zoological Park
Chennai
Large Zoo
11
Telangana
Nehru Zoological Park
Hyderabad
Large Zoo
12
Uttar Pradesh
Lion Breeding Centre and Multiple Safari Park, Etawah
Etawah
Mini Zoo

(b) The details of Protected Areas for Lion habitat in Gujarat State is as under:
S.
No.
Name of Protected Areas Area (in sq.km)
Year of declaration of PA
1. Gir National Park 258.71 1975
2. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary 1153.42 1965
3. Barda Wildlife Sanctuary 192.31 1979
4. Pania Wildlife Sanctuary
39.64
1989
5. Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary
18.22
2004
6. Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary 178.87 2008

(c) Human death by lion for last three years and the current year in Gujarat State is as under:
S.
No.
Year
No. of Human deaths by Lion
1
2015-16
3
2
2016-17
4
3
2017-18
0
4
2018-19
( Up to 25/12/2018)
2
Total
9
(d) State Government of Gujarat has formulated a policy for compensation of human death, human injuries and cattle death. The State Government provides ex-gratia relief of Rs.4.00 lakh for human death by Lion. 

(e) In order to provide better and focused conservation of the Asiatic Lions, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has launched a ‘Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” for 3 years and amounting to Rs. 9784.50 lakh and funding from the Centrally Sponsored Scheme- Development of Wildlife Habitat (CSS-DWH) with the contributing ratio being 60:40 of Central and State share respectively. 

The Project will strengthen the ongoing measures for conservation and recovery of Asiatic Lion with the help of state-of-the –art techniques/ instruments, regular scientific research studies, disease management, Modern surveillance/ patrolling techniques etc. 

The project activities are envisaged in a manner to cause habitat improvement, scientific interventions, disease control and veterinary care supplemented with adequate eco development works for the fringe population in order to ensure a stable and viable Lion population in the Country. 

(f) The details of funds released to the State Government of Gujarat for conservation of Lions under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme- Development of Wildlife Habitat (CSS-DWH) and funds utilized are as follows: 
(Amount in Lakh)
S.
No
.
Protecte d Areas Year 2015-16 Year 2016-17 Year 2017-18 Year 2018-19
Funds release d
Funds utilize d
Funds release d
Funds utilize d
Funds release d
Funds utilize d
Funds released
1 Gir NP/ Wildlife Sanctuar y 41.68 26.33 58.74 30.88 233.64 139.15 188.57*
2 Pania Wildlife Sanctuar y 4.80 4.80 6.24 5.73 A.P.O. not received A.P.O. not received
3 Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuar y 2.80 2.80 3.60 3.31 A.P.O. not received A.P.O. not received
4 Girnar Wildlife Sanctuar y 32.78 19.83 31.51 18.55 A.P.O. not received 57.92*
*Utilization Certificate (UC) not received

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