The lion's roar is back in Gujarat

The lion's roar is back in Gujarat

SASAN GIR, Gujarat, India - The Gir National Park in Gujarat is unique, for this is the only place on Earth where the Asiatic lions, or Pentheraleoparsica, roam.

These lions have hung on to a fragile existence after hunters nearly drove them to extinction more than a century ago.

But there has been good news recently. According to a May 2015 census, the number of lions has shot up from 411 in 2010 to 523.

This is a remarkable comeback for a big cat that numbered only 15 in 1913, according to British records. Fortunately, the Nawab of Junaghad, who ruled the local area, put away his rifle in the early 20th century and embarked on saving the last wild lions found outside of Africa.

Today, the Nawab's former hunting lodge in Sasan Gir has been turned into the Sinh Sadan Guest House, a popular lodging with tourists who come to this remote area to try and catch a glimpse of the lions.

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