Politics Coronavirus lockdown impact: Asiatic lions census in Gujarat's Gir Wildlife Sanctuary deferred Updated : April 23, 2020 10:14 AM IST During the last census conducted in May 2015, 523 lions were found in the Gir forest. The extensive counting exercise, which is taken up every five years, was to begin next month. The Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the only abode of Asiatic lions, remains closed during the monsoon season from June-end to October. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.