Female Lion Guards of India

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Female forest guards (L-R) Rashila Ben, Sangeeta and Darshana examine a lion faeces as they patrol the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan in the western Indian state of Gujarat December 1, 2014. The sanctuary, which is home to Asiatic lions in India, has an area of 1,412 sq km in which female guards were employed for the first time in India in 2007. The guards fetch a monthly salary of around $148 for working almost 12 hours a day, six days a week, said one of the female guards. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Forest guard Rashila Ben holds a lion cub inside an animal hospital located in the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, in Gujarat December 1, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Forest guards carrying wooden sticks patrol the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, Gujarat December 1, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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A female forest guard carries a tranquillizer gun in the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, in Gujarat December 2, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Forest guard Rashila Ben (R) helps to unload a cage containing a rescued leopard at an animal hospital located in the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, Gujarat December 2, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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A forest guard poses for a photograph while patrolling on her motorcycle at the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, in Gujarat December 2, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Forest guards are silhouetted as they patrol at Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, Gujarat December 1, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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Forest guards speak with children during an awareness campaign on nature inside the premises of Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Sasan, Gujarat December 1, 2014. (Photo by Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters)

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