5 Facts You Need To Know About Asiatic Lions

#1 Only One Place To Live

Asiatic Lions are only found in Gir National Park of Gujarat. via wikimedia

Asiatic Lions are only found in Gir National Park of Gujarat. via wikimedia

Asiatic Lions are found only in Gir Forests of Gujarat, India. There is no other place in the world where a wild population exists. The approximate population here is between 300-400 lions. Lions have been marked as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

Find More Information about the Asiatic Lion’s status here.

#2 Tip Toes

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A lion’s heels do not touch the ground when they walk.

#3 Smaller Than Their Cousins

African Lion above, Asiatic Lion below. Image source

African Lion above, Asiatic Lion below. Image source

Asiatic lions are smaller in size than African lions. The mane too, of the male lions is short, sparse and darker in colour.

Read More: Endangered Lions Drown In Flash Floods In Gujarat

#4 Belly Folds

Asiatic Lions have prominent belly folds. via wikimedia

Asiatic Lions have prominent belly folds. via wikimedia

Asiatic lions have a very unique longitudinal fold of skin that runs along their belly. This is absent in African lions.

#5 Social Females, Solitary Males

Female Asiatic Lions live in prides and take care of the young. Image source

Lions are the only wild cats that live in groups called pride. However, unlike the African lion, the Asiatic lion does not live with the females and the cubs except during mating season.

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