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The Gir Lion: Panthera Leo-Persica: A Natural History, Conservation Status and Future Prospect

H.S. Singh (Author)

This book on "Gir Lion" covers every aspect of the Asiatic Lion, including the past and the present status, and likely future scenario, and also contains an account of about two decade's of the author's observations on the big cats in the Gir forest. The dramatic events, interesting incidences, observations on habits and its social life, hunting behaviour and cultural linkages of the indigenous people with the lion, as observed and felt over a period, when the author along with his colleagues and staff, followed the trails of the lion, have been narrated in the book. The book provides an opportunity to learn the circumstances which compel the lion to migrate in satellite areas in search of an alternative home. It also contains incidental information on wildlife and local community, making this document altogether a delightful reading, and provide all relevant information related to the lion and the Gir forest. The management and conservation of the Gir forest and the lion during the last four decades, which has made Gir one of the best managed Protected Areas in the World, have been summarized.

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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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Title The Gir Lion: Panthera Leo-Persica: A Natural History, Conservation Status and Future Prospect
Author H.S. Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.05.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788190484008
length viii+320p., Tables; Plates; Maps; References; Annexures; Index; 29cm.