It is a well known fact that Wild Cats of Gir are growing in number and they need a wider territory. This has forced many group of lions to move into periphery of neighbouring districts and tehsils. One such major tehsil is Savarkundla, Gujarat, India where the population of Lions is estimated to be over 70 in last census. These endangered Asiatic Lions have adopted and sustained their living relying on the prey base of blue bulls, wild bores, live stock of villagers, etc. Thanks to the participation of local villagers for accommodating these endangered lions and leopards in their region.
Although these wild cats have been surviving with a growing numbers, one of the biggest threats that remain to them is accidental fall in the pot holes and wells while chasing the prey. There have been several occasions where the Lions and Leopards have died after falling in such wells. There were 58 such incidence from 2001 to 2008 where 28 lions died. Forest department is doing good job in rescuing such wild cats but they remain helpless if they do not receive information in right time. There are cases where forest department has successfully rescued wild cats fallen in well and have given a second life to the much deserving endangered animal. But there are incidence where even after successful rescue of animal, they survive with injury. Such animals have to live life in the captivity for survival.
Only solution to avoid such accidents is to cover the well. Rural Pleasure, these Fountainheaders in participation of locals executed this project to overcome this challenge. They volunteered in making of a rouged well cover by themselves under the guidance of experts. They burnt their energy in the workshop right from designing to execution of the project and successfully covered one of such well. All participants had tremendous joy of achievement after successful execution of the project.
We hope such project will encourage people participation on a larger scale. Most of the people travel to Gir for seeing the King of the jungle but they must also act to protect these endangered animal. The philosophy of conservation should not be in mind but in action. We must step forward and help the forest department in fulfilling their objectives. This is not a problem restricted to Gir, but it is applicable to India and the world. One must check on various social media, how wild animals struggle to come out from such well – dead or alive to feel the adversity. We wish to scale up such projects on a sustainable basis with active participation of travelers. To contribute, please get in touch with Rural Pleasure at email@example.com