World Lion Day is celebrated on August 10 every year to raise awareness about the majestic and endangered lions and to mobilise support for their protection and conservation.
Lions are the largest and most social of all the big cats. They live in groups called prides and have a complex social structure. They are also the apex predators in their habitats and play a crucial role in limiting herbivore populations.
However, lions are facing many threats such as habitat loss, poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and disease. According to the IUCN, there are only about 20,000 lions left in the wild, mostly in Africa.
World Lion Day enables us to learn more about these magnificent animals and why their survival is vital for the ecological balance and human well-being. It also encourages us to take action to save them from extinction.
The Gir National Park of Gujarat is the only natural home of Asiatic lions in the world. Following the consistent efforts, the number of Asiatic lions has surged to 674 as of June 2020.
Q.: Which national park is known as the natural habitat of Asiatic lions?
a) Jim Corbett National Park
b) Kaziranga National Park
c) Gir National Park
d) Bandipur National Park
Ans : c) Gir National Park