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Dwindling lion population a cause for concern

Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Nandankanan Zoological Park, which recently reopened its famous Lions' Safari to the general public after a brief interval, is reportedly worried about the composition of lions' population.

Age of lions has emerged as one of the foremost worries for the authorities of Nandankanan Zoo Park which is now struggling to maintain a healthy feline population.

At present, the lion population in the zoo is estimated to be 16 with 10 male and six female.

But about seven of total lions are in the age group of 10 to 15.

The last lion was born in the year 2004-05.

Sources in zoo said none of the 10 cubs those were born could survive beyond six months.

Once the 20-hectare Lion Safari of the premiere zoon boasted of having 54 felines, but gradually the number dwindled.

Nandankanan Zoo authorities are planning to get a few pairs from Gujarat.

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