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Call of the Helpless King Help Save the Lions of Gir, India. Wildlife Conservation Trust Profile. Wildlife Conservation Trust is a registered NGO. We Coordinate, Participate, Motivate and Assist in Asiatic Lion and Gir Conservation Programmes. T H E T E A M

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wildlife conservation trust profile

Wildlife Conservation Trust Profile

Wildlife Conservation Trust is a registered NGO. We Coordinate, Participate, Motivate and Assist in Asiatic Lion and Gir Conservation Programmes.


Kishore Kotecha Real Estate Developer at Rajkot

Dr. M G Maradia Suptd, Rajkot ZOO

Rama Sachidanand Environ Head, The Galaxy Edu. System

Ramnik Chondigra Builder and Contractor

Balendra Vaghela Naturalist and Computer Professional

Kamlesh Shah Advocate at Rajkot

Tushar Gokani Advocate at Rajkot

Kamlesh Adhiya Computer Professional

importance of gir and asiatic lion

~ Importance of Gir and Asiatic Lion ~

The Gir Protected Area, spread over 1412 km2, is located in Gujarat (India). It is the only place in the world where the Asiatic Lion survives. It is one of the rarest wild cats in the world.

It is classified as "Critically Endangered" by World Conservation Union.

do we want our children to see these beautiful cats only in a museum or zoo

Do we want our children to see thesebeautiful cats only in a Museum or Zoo?

In the beginning of 19th century when there were about 20 lions in wild, efforts of the Nawab (King) of Gir saved it from extinction. Today due to conservation efforts of the Gujarat Forest Department and tolerant local people, the lion population has gone up to 359.

threats today

~ Threats Today ~

Asiatic Lion faces many threats like congestion, roads & religious places inside the GPA, human pressure, man-animal conflict, genetic limitations and poaching. But man-madeOpenWells surrounding the Gir forest is the most severe threat that the lion and other wild animals face today.

what can you see in this picture

What can you see in this picture?




Electric Pole




Greenery & Landscape… Tree… Electric pole….

And yes there are electric wires too….

what are open wells

What are Open Wells?

Open wells are deep pits; 60 to 100 feet deep, without parapets or boundary walls.

They are dug by farmers as a source of water for irrigation and livestock.

why are the farmers not protecting their open wells

Why are the Farmers not protectingtheir Open Wells?

Most of the farmers in Gir are poor with very small land holding. Hence most of them cannot afford to barricade their wells.

Age of 70 earning $8 per week Roof to keep rain away

Fully fitted kitchen! Poor man’s white house!

why do the animals fall into open wells

Why do the Animals fall into Open Wells ?

Lions and other wild animals regularly stray outside due to over-crowding inside the sanctuary and in search of food.

There are more than 9000 open-wells in 6km periphery surrounding the Gir Forest


Most of these wells are hidden in the surrounding vegetation and by the time animal realizes it’s presence it is too late.


All types of Wild animals like Lions, Leopards, Crocodiles, Pythons, Deer etc. accidentally fall into Open Wells and die due to drowning.


Many of these wells have become slippery in time because of soil erosion on the edge. Such dry and abandoned wells are more dangerous.


There are about 400 leopards in Gir. They stray outside the sanctuary more than lions. Hence, leopard incidences are likely to be higher than that of the lion.

risky rescue operations

Risky Rescue Operations

The Gir Protected Area is a big area with poor internal roads. Thus, it is not always possible to reach the incidence spot and successfullyrescue the animal.


Rescued animals are seriously injured and sometimes permanently disabled. They are not fit to be released back into the wild.

For e.g. one such rescued lion lost its vision and spent rest of its life at Sakkarbaug Zoo in blindness.

unbelievable but true

Unbelievable But True !

From 2001 until May 2008, 53 Open Well incidences were recorded in which 28 lions died!

what is more dangerous open well or poaching

What is more dangerous?Open Well or Poaching!

In last few years Lion deaths due to

Electrocution = 7 Poaching = 8

Open Wells = 28

damage to humans

Damage to Humans

Apart from wild animals even domestic cattle and some-times small children of poor labours fall into Open Wells.

what needs to be done

What needs to be done?

Sadly Open Well is the most serious problem with the most simple solution.

Time has come to act fast and barricade all the Open Wells as soon as possible.

Threats like poaching and genetic limitations are relatively tough to check. But ‘most fatal’ open wells. is something that can be controlled.

what have we done so far

What have we done so far?

We are the first NGO to sign MoU with the Forest Department to barricade Open Wells. In association with other NGOs and Corporates, we have completed barricading 781 Wells till Mar 31, 2008.

Currently we are working with TATA Chemicals Ltd, ‘Lions of Gir Foundation – USA’ by UScitizen Mr. Steve Mandel and Vanishing Herds Foundation for barricading more wells.

innovative rcc slab design

Innovative RCC Slab Design

The usual method of barricading a well is using lime stone which is very costly and time consuming.

After hard work and numerous field trials, we designed a unique pre-cast RCC Slab Design. This design is economical, strong, fast to install, better

earthquake resistant and environ friendly. It is approved by State Forest Department.

field work

Field Work?

Forest Dept has divided the 6km peripheral area around Gir forest into five zones depending on lion movement and risk of accidents. A village is chosen as per the priority list. A villagers’ meet is arranged to get their support and then real field work begins.

an appeal for donation


We request your help by participating in our endeavour to save last surviving lions.

With a small donation YOU can prevent the needless death and injury of these beautiful and highly endangered animals.

cost for barricading one well


Can we afford to lose 5–6 LIONS every year just for

Rs 6000 i.e. $150 US or £75 UK per Well?

individual donors


  • The whole process from receiving funds to installing the barricades is transparent. Each donor will precisely know where his contribution is used.
  • On completion of the work, we will send to each donor:
  • - An e-mail with detail & photograph of the Open Wells done
  • GPS points so to view the work done by using Google Earth.
  • Each donor will also be given a Certificate of Participation.
corporate donors


Corporates have two options to choose from


If you choose to work directly, we will provide you with Total Solution of the project, FREE OF CHARGE. Our only objective is to get the work done.

For ten or more wells, name of the donor can be permanently embossed on the RCC slabs.

Please call us for Personal Meeting or Field Visit.

Donations to WCT are exempted U/S 80G(5) of IT Act.

we heartily thank the participants donors

We Heartily Thank the Participants / Donors

  • TATA Chemicals Ltd
  • WWF-India N. Delhi
  • Vanishing Herds Foundation – Mumbai
  • Mr. Steve Mandel – USA
  • Rameshbhai Bakrania -UK
  • Rajubhai Thakrar – UK
  • Vinodbhai Vadher – UK
  • Nistha Public Charitable Trust – Baroda
  • Parekh Marine– Jamnagar
  • Rajkot Builders Association
  • R R Constructions Rajkot
  • Rajubhai Daftary Rajkot
  • Parthiv Patel – A’bad
  • Mrs. Monaben Sheth
  • Governor,Lions Club Intl. 323j
for information personal meeting and field visit please contact

For information, personal meeting and field visit please contact

Kishore Kotecha, Exec. Dir. (98240 62062)

Rama Sachidanand, Hon. Exec. (99988 08581)

Wildlife Conservation Trust

128 Star Plaza, Phulchhab Chowk, Rajkot – Gujarat – India Ph: +91 281 2444074 +91 98240 62062

Em:, Web: News Blog:

Our Trust is. Non-Profit Organisation (Reg. No. E /8147 /Rajkot)

Donation to our Trust is exempted U/S 80G(5) of IT Act 1961.

Chqs to be drawn in the name of Wildlife Conservation Trust.


Donors are welcome to get project reference

Mr. Pradeep Khanna, PCCF-WL and Chief Wildlife Warden, Gandhinagar – Gujarat,

Mr. Divyabhanusinh Chavda, President of WWF India and Member of Cat Specialist Group, IUCN

Author of ‘The Story of Asia’s Lion (2005) and The Cheetah in India (1995),

Mr. Bharat Pathak, Conservator of Forest (WL), Junagadh – 362002 – Gujarat,

Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General & CEO, WWF – India,

t h a n k y o u

T h a n k Y o u

Open Well Presentation Version 3.1 Date:1-6-2008