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Frozen Remains Of Extinct Lion Found In Russia
The Ice Age lion can still be seen resting its head on its paw.
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Watch What Happens When a Lion Startles a Hippo
Hippos are one of the world's most dangerous land mammals—and they don't like to be startled.
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'Battle' Between a Lion and Hyenas Isn't What it Seems
An apparent conflict between a lion and hyenas shows more than meets the eye.
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Cecil the Lion's Son Xanda Also Killed by Trophy Hunter
The six-year-old lion was shot near where his famous father died in Zimbabwe.
About Asiatic Lion

Nearly all wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa, but one small population of Asiatic lions exists in India's Gir Forest. Asiatic lions and African lions are subspecies of the same species.

Asiatic lions once prowled from the Middle East to India. Now, only a fraction of these magnificent animals survive in the wild. The Gir Forest's dry teak woods were once a royal hunting ground. Today they are a reserve where these at-risk big cats are heavily protected.

Fast Facts 

Common Name: Asiatic Lion

Scientific Name: Panthera leo persica

Type: Mammals

Diet: Carnivores

Group Name: Pride

Average life span in the wild: 16 to 18 years

Weight: 300 to 500 lbs

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