~Asiatic Lion~

~Quickfacts/Basic Description~
~ Scientific Name- Panthera Leo Persica
~ Group- Mammals
~ Date listed as endangered- June 2, 1970
~ Also known as the Indian lion
~ A subspecies of lion that only lives in the Gir Forest of Gujarat, India
~ Only 411 Lions were last sighted in 2010
~ Is one of the 5 major big cats in India

~Scientific Information~
~ Adults can reach up to eight feet in head and body length
~ Tails reaching up to three feet long
~ Females are smaller than males
~ The males can weigh up to 550 lb and the females can weigh up to 400 lb
~ Their fur is tan in color and is a great camouflage in the light-colored savanna grasses
~ The mane of the males is usually shorter than the African lion, which makes their ears more visible
~ They live in groups called prides, although they tend to be smaller than their African cousins
~ Asiatic lion populations have declined because of sport hunting, until it was outlawed, and habitat loss due to deforestation of their habitat
~ Gir is a national park and lion sanctuary and has been successful in keeping one of the last remaining wild Asiatic lion populations alive
~ There are a few of these lions in zoos and some are found in captivity

~Web Links~
~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_Lion
~ http://www.earthsendangered.com/profile-239.html
~ http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0106/feature3/
~ http://www.asiaticlion.org/

· Glenn, C. R. 2006. "Earth's Endangered Creatures" (Online). Accessed 3/9/2011 at http://earthsendangered.com.
· "Asiatic Lion." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 04 Mar. 2011. Web. 09 Mar. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_Lion>.
· "Asiatic Lion History." Asiatic Lion. Wildlife Conservation Trust, 2006. Web. 09 Mar. 2011. <http://www.asiaticlion.org/asiatic-lion-history.htm>.