THE results of the 2013 census of herbivores in Gir forests are likely to be declared on Friday with officials hinting at an increase in the population of the wild animals that Asiatic lions in the forests prey on.
We are collating and analysing data collected from all the 19 routes (imaginary divisions of the forest area). A large number of people are working on analysis and results are expected by tomorrow, Dr Sandeep Kumar,Deputy Conservator of Forest (wildlife,Sasan) and in-charge of Gir East forest division,said on Thursday.
The two-day annual census in 1,883 square kilometre area of Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary as well as reserved forests had come to an end late on Wednesday evening. As many as 19 teams of top forest officials had undertaken counting of ungulates,like spotted deers,four-horned antelopes,sambars,blue bulls or roj,Indian gazelles or chinkaras and wild boars. The exercise also covered langurs and peacock.
The census was done by counting the sighting of these herbivores by teams who traversed the routes in open vehicles.
In the last census in 2010,the number of Asiatic lions in their only abode of Gir forests was recorded to be 411. Similarly,the population of ungulates too have seen a healthy growth in the last one decade and was estimated to be around 54,000 in 2011.