Public Lecture on the Lions of India
“Lions of India”
The School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi cordially invites all to a public lecture by Dr. Divyabhanusinh on “Lions of India”.
Date: 3rd November 2008 (Monday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: The Auditorium, School of Environmental Studies (SES), North Campus, University of Delhi, (Opposite Physics Dept.)
For over a century, the only wild lions in Asia have been in the Gir Forest, Gujarat. The story of their extinction across much of north and central India and their survival in this tract mainly due to protection by the rulers of Junagadh is of continuing relevance for its conservation today. The story of the lion brings together symbol and history, folklore and ecology and requires a synthetic and holistic view of its past. It s also critical to knowing why establishing a second population in a habitat in its former range may be crucial to its survival.
About the Speaker:
A hotelier by profession, Dr Divyabhanusinh has a decades-long association with wildlife. He studied at the University of Pune and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. He was awarded a D.Litt. by examination for his work on the cheetah by Pune University. He is the author of two fine illustrated monographs, The Story of Asia’s Lions (MARG, 2005) and The Cheetah in India: The End of a Trail, (Banyan Books, 1995, Oxford University Press, Revised edition, 1999). His most recent work is an edited anthology, The Lions of India (Black Kite Books, 2008).
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