Q. The “Maldhari tribe”, who maintains a symbiotic relationship with nature, lives in which of the following?

[A] Panna tiger reserve

[B] Gir National Park

[C] Periyar national park

[D] Manas national park

Answer: B

People mostly link Gir with “Maldharis” who have survived through the ages by having symbiotic relationship with the lion.  

  • They are religious pastoral communities living in Gir. Their settlements are called “nesses”.  
  • At present, Gir forests of Gujarat (India) are the only place where this race of lions i.e. Asiatic lion is found in its natural habitat. 

Source: https://forests.gujarat.gov.in/gir-nat-park.htm