70% of world’s lion population in India: Environment Min

SansadTV Bureau
Picture of an Asiatic lion. (PTI)

Picture of an Asiatic lion. (PTI)

Environment Minister Anil Dave has said that India currently has 70 per cent of the world’s lion population, their number going up to 2,400 because of spirited conservation methods.

Speaking on the ‘World Widlife Day’ organised by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) at the Delhi zoo, the minister noted that India does not need lessons in wildlife conservation.

“India does not need lessons in wildlife conservation as we are the pioneers in this field. It is due to the spirited campaign of people that we have registered a tremendous growth in the population of many vulnerable species…India has the largest population of lions in the world. We have a whooping 2,400 lions at present. Similar success has been achieved in case of tigers and other species also,” Dave said.

“Thus, it is our responsibility to set a good example for others to follow. It is our duty to develop a healthy attitude towards wildlife conservation and fight those who indulge in illegal activities,” he added.

MaryKay L Carlson, Charge’ D’ Affairs, American Embassy, who was also present at the event, underlined the importance of local communities in preserving the planet.

“All preservation is local. It starts with individuals and moves on to families and villages. It is important to acknowledge the role of local communities in safeguarding the nature,” she said.

WCCB chief Tilottama Verma said the event was aimed at spreading the message of environment protection among the youngsters.

The illegal animal products seized from poachers were also burnt in an incinerator at the zoo as part of the event

Many schools and colleges of the national capital also participated in the event with students winning prizes for slogan writing and paintings based on the theme of wildlife conservation.

(With inputs from PTI)