Attention-grabbing motion and exercise patterns of Asiatic lions in India – Journal of Zoology Weblog


Ram, M., Vasavada, D., Tikadar, S., Jhala, L.S., Zala, Y. and Meena, V. (2023). Motion and exercise of endangered Asiatic lions in relation to land-use, season and group traits. Journal of Zoology, vol. 319, pp. 23-31.

The Asiatic lions are unfold throughout ~30000 km2 within the Saurashtra area of the Gujarat state in India, collectively referred to as the Asiatic Lion Panorama. The panorama contains 5 protected areas (Gir Nationwide Park, Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Paniya Wildlife Sanctuary, Mitiyala Wildlife Sanctuary, and Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary) and different pure forest patches. Due to the efficient conservation measures prior to now a long time with the help of native individuals, the Asiatic lion inhabitants has proven an excellent improve prior to now 20 years. The inhabitants has reached the mark of 674 as per the final estimation (June 2020). With the inhabitants improve, the Asiatic lions additionally began occupying various habitats exterior the protected forest areas. Their dispersal exterior the protected areas has led to conservation and administration challenges. You will need to perceive the ecology of Asiatic lions to deal with these challenges, particularly their actions and exercise. Moreover, their motion ecology has huge potential to tell administration and coverage choices with efficient conservation outcomes.

An impressive Asiatic lion male in its pure habitat within the Gir panorama through the summer time season. Picture: Dr. Mohan Ram

To grasp the facets talked about above, a scientific research via radio-telemetry was envisaged on Asiatic lions with the aims to know whether or not their motion and exercise fluctuate with demographic parameters similar to age, intercourse and group measurement and likewise whether or not the every day distances moved and the home-ranges of people fluctuate inside and outdoors the protected areas. Due to this fact, radio-collars that have been featured with three-axis accelerometer-based exercise sensors, mortality sensors, a programmable drop-off activation system, and a programmable GPS schedule which recorded the situation fixes have been deployed on 19 Asiatic lions. The data was saved on-board and retrieved upon removing/alternative of the radio-collar.

One of many radio-collared females which was collared as a part of an important Asiatic lion radio-telemetry undertaking to watch the lions and their actions within the Gir panorama, Gujarat, India. Picture: Dr. Mohan Ram
Utilizing state-of-the-art expertise and experience, the technical workers on the Gir Hello-Tech Monitoring Unit in Gujarat, India present vital help for the conservation and safety of endangered Asiatic lions. Picture: Dr. Mohan Ram

The research revealed fascinating variations in every day distances coated (motion) and every day exercise patterns from acceleration sensors (exercise) in relation to season, group measurement, age and intercourse. It discovered a major distinction within the imply every day distances between women and men however not between grownup and sub-adult males. Females confirmed considerably much less exercise and motion in comparison with grownup males. Grownup males have been considerably extra energetic than sub-adult males.

The Gir Hello-Tech Monitoring Unit – a technology-driven scientific monitoring initiative which displays varied managerial segments within the Gir panorama. Picture: Dr. Mohan Ram

The research additionally famous that the imply every day motion for grownup women and men ranging exterior protected areas was not totally different from these throughout the protected areas, however within the case of sub-adult males, the distinction was extra important: their dwelling ranges have been bigger exterior the protected areas in comparison with these throughout the protected areas. The distinction in space-use exterior the protected areas was an artefact of long-distance forays by grownup and sub-adult women and men on sure days. The foraying distances confirmed a attribute sample for sub-adult males, grownup women and men. Furthermore, it’s nicely established that path choice, threat aversion and use of multi-use landscapes exterior protected areas are age-sex particular. Due to this fact, the data output from this research concerning the spatial and temporal nature of Asiatic lion actions exterior protected areas will probably be useful in threat evaluation, planning infrastructure initiatives and designing conservation motion plans.

Dr. Mohan Ram, Gir Nationwide Park & Wildlife Sanctuary


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