World Lion Day: Last few years saw steady increase in India’s lion population, says PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India’s lion population has seen a steady increase in the last few years as he greeted people on World Lion Day.

The lion is majestic and courageous, and India is proud to be home to the Asiatic Lion, Modi tweeted.

“On World Lion Day, I convey my greetings to all those passionate about lion conservation. It would make you happy that the last few years have seen a steady increase in India’s lion population,” he said.

World Lion Day is observed across the globe on August 10 every year. The aim is to raise awareness and educate people about the species and issues concerning its conservation.

The Prime Minister noted that when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, he had the opportunity to work towards ensuring safe and secure habitats for the Gir Lions.

“A number of initiatives were taken which involved local communities and global best practices to ensure habitats are safe and tourism also gets a boost,” Modi said.

World Lion Day was the brainchild of co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband-and-wife team with a passion for big cats. They began the initiative in 2013, bringing together both National Geographic and the Big Cat Initiative under a single banner to protect the remaining big cats living in the wild.