India's endangered lion prides conquer disease to roam free

Asiatic lions were once found widely across southwest Asia

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DUSHYANT VASAVADA: We imported a vaccine for that. And we particularly vaccinated all those who were in captivity and which were under our observation. And we successfully controlled the disease in that particular area. And no new widespread disease has been observed so far now.

RAVI CHELLAM: Why do we need to translocate? It is a risk mitigation strategy akin to us getting health insurance or life insurance. If something happens to the population in Gir, there's always going to be additional free-ranging populations of lions, wild lions, available.