Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gir National Park News - Junagadh Saurashtra

With mercury registering high temperature with each passing day, the forest authorities in Sasan Gir sanctuary have made arrangements to protect lions and other wild life and domestic animals from being thirsty.

About 215 artificial water points have been made to arrange drinking water for animals.

The wildlife division in Sasan Gir is sending in a large number of tractor-tankers to replenish water holes and is also keeping a watch on movements of the prides.

According to B D Pati, the Chief Conservator of Forests, the drive of creating man-made waterholes is on and a good number of people are involved to make sure that pride of the jungle has no such problem.

"The work of filling water point is on and we are sending a team inside the jungle with tankers. They are keeping it well. We have made several artificial water points and we are filling them regularly wherever we believe that the lions are returning to drink water. A good number of people too are engaged in this drive," B D Patil said.

Wild Life Conservation Trust is one such non-government organization (NGO) that is active in construction of a wall surrounding open wells in the nearby villages, lest the animals from the sanctuary fall into them.

"Actually Sasan Gir is a dry deciduous forest type of area. There are seven parallel rivers, which go dry at times in summers. So to prevent these wild animals to come out of the wild forest and to make sure they get water inside the forest we have installed 200 artificial water points in the sanctuary area," said Kishor Kotecha, Founder, Wild life Conservation Trust.

Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir) is the sole home of the pure Asiatic Lions.

Spread over about 258 kilometers for the fully protected area (the National Park) and 1,153 kms for the Sanctuary, the area is considered to be one of the most important protected areas in Asia due to its supported species.

Established in 1965, the total area of 1,412 kms is located about 65 km from Junagadh city of the Junagadh district in Kathiawar peninsula of Gujarat.

Seven rivers that pass through Gir namely Hiran, Saraswati, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Ghodavadi, and Raval have started drying up.

Less than 250 watering points are presently available for more than 390 lions, 350 leopards, and 40,000 ungulates, including spotted deer, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, antelope, and wild boar.
Besides, Gir harbours 1,000 species of Birds and 26 species of reptiles

Really This is great news for all wild life which are presently live in GIR NATIONAL PARK(SASAN GIR-JUNAGADH) and struggle against Summer.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Junagadh District News - Gir National Park Saurashtra Gujarat India

Junagadh(Saurashtra) - Gir National Park New for Asiatic Lions :-

The Sasan Gir - Junagadh (Saurastra) Sanctuary, the only abode of Asiatic lions, will be extended by 180 sq kms, an authority of the Gujarat Government's Forest and Environmental Department said on Sunday.

"At present, the sanctuary is spread across 1464 sq kms area and will be extended further by another 180 kms," Sandeep Kumar Nanda, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Environmental Department told the media.

Due to excessive hunting, poaching and forest depletion, there was a tremendous decline of lion population in the country, he said.

"Considering the constant decline of lion population in the country, the Gujarat Government set up a 258 sq km Gir National Park inside the sanctuary itself. The Sasan Gir-Junagadh(Saurastra) sanctuary is an entry point to this park," Nanda added.

The sanctuary is also a major tourist attraction for the tourists and foreign dignitaries visiting the country, he said.

The forest has extremely rugged and hilly terrain and is the largest dry deciduous forest in the western india.

It also houses about 300 species of birds including King Vulture, Crested Serpant Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Bush Quail, Woodpecker and Horn Bill.

With a view to spread the message of lion safety, the forest department, along with the environmentalists, have been organizing the Lion Safety March in the Gir forest on several occasions, Nanda said.

"During such march, people roped in to save Gir Lion and also pledge to save the big cats in and around Gir during such march," he said.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Girnar Moutain Climbing Contest Result Junagadh City Gujarat India

Gujarat Mountain Climbing contest won by Baghbel(Chhattisgarh athlete) :-

Baghbel synchronized 34 minutes and 48 seconds to climb the mountain 3,600-foot-high, and supplemented the category of the women, gaining a money price cash of Rs.50,000 and different Rs.1,100.

'I will come again,' Baghbel, 25, told IANS.

Competition for A-grade officials held in two juniors and seniors of categories (of the men and the women) with 89 men and 62 women with the starting line at 6 hours of the morning.

Out of them, only 102 could achieve the full course. The first place in men's category was won by Bhikhu R. Rathod, who tool 57 minutes and 12 seconds to climb 11,000 steps from foothills to the Ambaji temple at the peak and then return at the base.

The Gujarat government had announced total cash prizes of Rs.500,000 for the event.

The event was first started by Saurashtra-based Gujarati daily Phoolchaab in 1971. Ten years later, the state government took over its organisation.

Saturday's event was the first time when competitors from outside the state participated in it.It was relly great & wonderful moments all competitors & Junagadh's People.

Now Junagadh’s People are eagerly waiting for next Gujarat mountain climbing-Girnar(Junagadh- Saurastra) contest to do something better than this contest.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Girnar Mountain Climbing Contest Junagadh City Saurashtra Gujarat India

About Junagadh(Saurashtra) - Girnar Mountain Climbing Contest :-

More than 200 mountaineers including NRI a woman will take part in a contest rising national mountain of level to hold with the mountain May 10 of Girnar-Junagadh(Saurastra) here.

The event will be marked with far by the minister Fakirbhai Vaghela of sports of state.

Of the 229 participants, Gujarat has 127 follow-ups of Diu 45, will Andhra Pradesh 11, Rajasthan 10, Daman 9, Karnataka and Delhi 5, will Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh 4, Chattisgarh 3, Panjab and Tamilnadu 2, and Bihar and Kerala 1 part.

Girnar-Mountain Climbing Contest Money prices cash in Rs.500,000 value were announced. Disputing will begin Thursday of arrival.

Its will be relly great adventure events for Junagadh’s People & Girnar mountaineers.

It’s will be one of the most memoriable sports events for all over Gujarati People including Junagadh(Saurashtra).

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