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Herbivores Census conducted in Gir Forest

Date: 15 May 2019 Tags: National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Biodiversity

Gujarat forest department is conducting census of herbivores in Gir forest and other protected areas, the last abode in the world of Asiatic lions. The purpose of this census is to count herbivores and check availability of prey-base for top predator lions as well as other predators like leopards, hyenas, wolves etc.

About Herbivores Census

  • It is conducted every year by forest department of Gujarat during summer to count herbivores  in Gir forest and other protected areas.
  • It is conducted mainly during summer, to spot maximum number of wild animals in the forest as foliage is reduced to its minimum levels in dry and deciduous tropical forests like Gir in this dry season.
  • The census covers wild ungulates like spotted deer, sambars, blue bulls (nilgais), Indian gazelles (chinkaras), wild boars, four-horned antelopes (choshinga), Indian langurs and peafowl. Wild ungulates and langurs are main prey of Asiatic lions.

Significance

It gives the forest department an idea of availability of prey-base for the top predator lions as well as other predators like leopards, hyenas, wolves etc. It helps forest department to notice any changes in food availability for lions and also indicates the health of the forest in general and of fauna in particular.