(Panthera leo persica)
Length: 200 – 280cm, Weight: 200 – 275 kg
females live in prides and mature males associate with
the pride for mating.
travel long distances and use roaring to communicate and
locate other pride members.
||Nilgai, chital, sambhar, goats, & buffaloes
||Big cats like the tiger
Relationship to humans:
||Were once found on numerous flags and coats of
arms all across Asia and Europe to signify greatness.
photo Shanthanu Bhardwaj
Asiatic lions are one of
many subspecies of lion. Compared to African lions, adult males
have scantier manes and a skin fold over their belly. It is easy to
tell the two subspecies apart because the ears of Asiatic lions are
always visible, unlike African lions.
Asiatic lions are
critically endangered. Because of dramatic losses of their natural
habitat due to human habitation, the geographic range of Asiatic
lions has decreased and lowered the population dramatically.
being done now?
A breeding center has been
established at the Sakkarbaug Zoo in India. So far they have
successfully bred 180 lions in captivity and the hope is to
reintroduce these animals into the wild to supplement the size of
the wild population.
be done in the future?
The best plan of action
would be to increase the amount habitable space for the remaining
population of Asiatic lions while teaching native people about the
importance of peacefully coexisting with the lions. For example,
creating corridors for the lions to pass through to reach a new
location without human interference.