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Asiatic Lion: Reviving the Pride of Gir

H.S. Singh (Author)

The Asiatic lion has an interesting history of origin, evolution and an escape from extinction in the previous century. The Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat, India, decided the destiny of this great cat in the 20th century, but its fate in the new millennium depends on how human beings respect this majestic feline. The author has brought together here his observations collected over roughly three decades. This book covers every aspect of the Asiatic lion from the past and present status to a likely future scenario. The management and conservation of the Gir forest and the Asiatic lion during the last ve decades, which has made Gir one of the best managed Protected Areas in the world, have also been summarised. Singh has extracted information from ancient literature and historical records to present the origin and history of the big cats. The book also covers scientic and biological information on the feline. Social behaviour, breeding ecology, physical attributes, habits and habitats, hunting behaviour, feeding patterns, prey base and predation pattern are discussed. Most of the photographs in this book were taken in the Gir forest by the author, although some photographs made by others have also been included.

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About the author

H.S. Singh

Dr. H.S. Singh (IFS-1980 batch), was born in Dewa Village (Manda) in Allahabad district in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1954.  His meritorious academic record has earned him an M.Sc. and Ph.D.  He held various positions in forestry and wildlife sector.  These include Associate professorship at IGNFA-Dehra Dun, CF-Marine National Park, CF-Jungagadh (Wildlife Circle), Director-Gujarat Economical Education and Research Foundation, CF-Vadodara Circle and Chief Conservator of Forest, Research and Training, Gandhinagar.  Prior to this book, he has written eight books on wildlife and related subjects, and prepared over a dozen scientific and research documents on the Protected Areas.  He designed management plans for four Protected Areas, including the first Management Plan for Gir Protected Area.  He also published over five dozen scientific papers and articles in national and international journal.  Recognising his meritorious service, the Government of Gujarat awarded him Forest Service Medal on Independence Day in 1993.  he won Brandis Prize in 1998 for publishing best article in the Indian Forester, and was awarded the Chaturvedi Prize thrice-in 1997, 1999 and then in 2000 by the Board of Management of the Indian Forester for publishing best articles on wildlife.  The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) Dehra Dun has awarded the ICFRE Cash Award for 1998-99 for his meritorious contribution in "Forest Conservation".  As part of short term studies or member of delegation, he visited UK, Jordon, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.  He served as expert member of the National Technical Committee on Mangroves, an external expert adviser on mangroves and consultant of the team of India-Canada Environment Facility (ICEF) for Final Performance Assessment of the project of MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai on Coastal Wetlands, member of the high level delegation of Government of India, Ministry of Environment & Forest, New Delhi to study the Coral Reef Conservation and Management in Australia and Member Secretary of the High Level Environment Expert Committee constituted by the Gujarat State on direction of the Supreme Court, on Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary.

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Bibliographic information

Title Asiatic Lion: Reviving the Pride of Gir
Author H.S. Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.10.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788123029856
length 298p., Illustrations (Black and White, and Colour), Maps (Colour); 25cm.