Kattakkada: The Zoo Authority of India has approved to trade a pair of lions to the Lion Safari Park in Neyyar from the Sakkarbaug Zoo in Gujarat. In exchange, the forest department officials will take two Indian giant squirrels.
At present there is only one lioness in the Neyyar lions park.
The Lion Safari Park was started in 1984 with four lions. Gradually the number of lions reached 17 and the expenses are increased. Following this the male lions were neutered. As years passed, many lions died. The average lifespan of a lion is 17 years.
Last year, two lions aged 19 had died. The lion remaining at the park is of 17 years.
The agreement to bring three lions from the Sakkarbaug Zoo to Neyyar park is years old. They had demanded two Indian Giant Squirrels in exchange.
Neyyar Lion Safari Park is the second largest of its kind in Asia.