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Gir National Park closes doors for tourists during monsoon season

The months between June to October are considered as the mating season for several wild animals and birds

By: PTI | Vadodara | Published: June 5, 2016 12:04:13 pm
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The Gir National Park, which houses over 500 Asiatic lions, will remain closed for both domestic and foreign tourists from June 16 to October 15.

Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF), Naval Aparnathi, said that the park remains closed during this period every year as it is the breeding season for several animals, including the big cats.

“It is closing to provide privacy to the wild animals such as lions, leopards and birds like peacocks during their mating season. Four months of monsoon are considered the best season for breeding,” he said.

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The Gir sanctuary, located at Sasan in Junagadh district, is the only home for the Asiatic lions and attracts large number of tourists every year.

Since last October, 5.20 lakh domestic tourists and about 7,000 foreign tourists have visited the park, fetching a revenue of Rs 10.71 crore.

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