Lions Of Gir Forest
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I, Mehul, resident of city near a Jungle called Gir in India. There are more than 400 lions in this jungle. I am now post here interesting history and facts of this jungle.
Lion s came to India via the Middle East some thousands of years ago and spread in North India up to the Nrrmada River in the south. The officers of the East India Company’s army had hunted a couple of dozen lions in the vicinity of Delhi to celebrate their victory over the rebellious soldiers on the War of Independence in 1857.
The lions in Gir forest would not have been spared from annihilation because after 1884 it remained the only place where the lion hunters could satiate their desire. Still they survived this small pocket thanks to Rasool Khan, the then Nawab of Junagadh. It is difficult to say whether this ruler of 8650 square kilometers Junagadh state was a conservationist of wildlife but he certainly disliked the British overlords who not only enjoyed his generous hospitality under the guise of hunting parties but also extracted expensive gifts at the end of the stay.
The most popular lion in Gir forest was magnificent creature known as ‘Tilio’, meaning the one wearing a ‘Tilak’ in rustic parlance. It got this name on account the mark on the forehead left by a wound received in the fight with another lion. This stately lion that captivated all who beheld it died in 1965 at the age of 24 years. India Post age had featured it on postage stamp in the series of stamps on Indian wildlife in 1963.
One British officer named captain Smile had shot a lion in Gir forest that measured 2.65 meters in length and weighted 222 kg. On the other hand, a giant African lion named Simba had overall length of 3.2 meters and weighed 375 kg. Simba’s embalmed body is held at Yorkshire Zoo in Great Britain.
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