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.
Common Name: Asiatic Lion
Scientific Name: Panthera leo persica
Group Name: Pride
Average life span in the wild: 16 to 18 years
Weight: 300 to 500 lbs
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