The Gujarat Forest department has gone Smart. The department will use smart software which will be used for tracking the movement of their staff and even the lions. The software has been developed jointly by the Zoological Society of London and the Gujarat forest department.

The two ZSL and forest department have entered into memorandum of understanding for the protection of Asiatic lion and its habitat which was inked on Thursday. The forest officials said that the ZSL which has expertise in managing the zoo will provide its technical assistance to the state not only to manage its rescue and treatment centres but also to manage the Sakarbaugh Zoo. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest CN Pandey said that the ZSL has not only expertise in managing the zoos, but they also have managed Asiatic lions successfully for 40 years. The still have three lions.

Pandey said that apart from ZSL, Wildlife Institute of India will be knowledge partner with the forest department in conservation of lion.

ZSL will provide technical support in providing veterinary support. The officials said that the apart from the zoo expertise, the ZSL will provide expertise in managing the landscape and the habitat of the area and also training the staff in handling rescue.

"Gir has best rescue and treatment centres, but with the help of the ZSL, the department will be the one of the best rescue centre," said the officer.

It is worth mentioning that earlier in 2014, the first-ever fundraising gala was held by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). ZSL had launched the charity's new Lions400 fundraising campaign and raised over £135,000 towards helping to save the Asian lions.

The famous London landmark was transformed into an Asian-inspired wonderland for the night. The officials said that ZSL feels that the Asiatic lion are at crisis point as they survive in one isolated forest.

Source: 11 February, 2015, The Times of India