Lion breeding halted at SGNP as Maha, Guj bargain

Currently, SGNP houses three Asiatic lions, of which Jespa and Gopa are siblings, while the third, Ravindra, is now old. The last pair of lions at SGNP were brought in 2009 from Bannerghatta National Park and the last cubs to be born were in 2012. Gujarat zoo authorities have responded but they want not one, but two pairs of cats and also want the exchange approved by the Gujarat state government. We wrote to the Sakkarbaug Zoo in February requesting for one pair in return for one pair of rusty-spotted cats," said a senior park official. Meanwhile, officials also hinted that they will be requesting State Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to use his connections.

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