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Getting the lions of India: more than bring a panda from China

Jamvan, Gini and Jennifer are the names of three lions Indian who would Zoo Sakkarbaug of Gujarat should arrive in summer to Prague. Their acquisition was preceded by more than two years of negotiations, and if everything goes well, will be the first imports of these lions of European conservation program (EEP) for more than twenty years.

Indian lions, also known as Persian, live in the wild only in Gujarat, India, Gir National Park and its surroundings. There also come from parents, respectively. grandparents Lions, who head to the Czech Republic. All three, however, were born in captivity in the Zoo Sakkarbaug close Junagathu (Džúnágath), and in the spring of 2012.

"For Gujarat mean lions, perhaps even more than giant pandas for China,"
says the director of the Prague Zoo Miroslav Bobek. "Their provision outside India is absolutely exceptional and decided about it and at the central level. Undoubtedly, it is no coincidence that the memorandum on strategic cooperation between the Prague Zoo and the state government of Gujarat were signed during the summit, which at the turn of the last and this week participated front statesmen. It would not be conceivable to achieve this without the support and cooperation of our ambassador Miloslav Staška. "

Zoo Praha gradually entered into agreements with the Central Zoo Authority of India, Government of Gujarat and Sakkarbaug Zoo, which allows not only obtaining the lions, but also further cooperation in a number of levels. In doing so memorandum with the Government of Gujarat has been on the cards signed by the Indian side during the global economic summit Vibrant Gujarat, which in addition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Módího participated, for example, US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and many prime ministers , ministers and industrialists from around the world.

According to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in India Ing. Miloslav Staška means signing a Memorandum of lions and getting huge success of the Prague zoo.

"About the same efforts in the past, a number of the world's leading zoos and I am extremely happy that they succeeded precisely Zoo Praha,"
said Stašek. "Thanks to a number of important activities in the protection and study of endangered species has Prague Zoo here in India excellent name and the Indian side is interested in her and establish expert cooperation. Now biologists reputation and professionalism and leadership Zoo Praha played in deciding the Indian government for a donation of three specimens of these beasts to Prague decisive role. "

Transport lions in the Czech Republic is scheduled for July, which for him in Gujarat best climatic conditions.

"Getting the three lions from Gujarat is crucial for the whole European conservation program of this kind,"
said Deputy zoological Zoo Praha Jaroslav Simek. "European breeds emerged from just nine founders and urgently need new blood to revive."

Visitors will see Jamvana Zoo Praha, Gini and Jennifer few weeks after their arrival, after a mandatory post-importation quarantine.

Source: tz Zoo Praha
Author tz: Jana Ondrejechová
Photo: Jaroslav Simek, Zoo Praha (click this link)

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