21 Feb

BBC Wildlife Magazine Publishes Article on ‘India’s Last Lions’ by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter


The March 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine features an article by Panthera’s President and lion expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, on ‘India’s Last Lions’ – the world’s only remaining population of 300-400 wild Asiatic lions secluded to India’s Gir Forest (see map below).

Pick up your copy of BBC Wildlife Magazine today to learn about the rise and fall of the Asiatic lion over the centuries, the current human-lion conflicts that threaten the survival of the species today, and read Dr. Hunter’s reflections on what may represent the only hope for the future of the Asiatic lion.

The March issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine is now on sale.

Read 'India's Last Lions' on DiscoverWildlife.com

Learn about Panthera’s work to save the fewer than 3,000 African lions that remain through Project Leonardo and the Lion Guardians program.

Asiatic Lion Range and Gir Conservation Area

A Photo Gallery of the Asiatic Lion by Uri Golman

Photos generously provided by wildlife photographer, Uri Golman.
See more of Uri’s photos at www.urigolman.com.

About the Asiatic Lion

Scientific Name: Panthera leo persica

Current Range: Gir Conservation Area, India

IUCN Status: Endangered

Threats: Forest degradation, retaliatory killings by local herders and drowning in wells.

Physical Features: Slightly smaller than the African lion. On average adult males measure 2.75ms (9 ft) in length and weigh 160–190kg (350-420 pounds) while adult females measure approximately 2.6m (8 ft) and weigh 110–120kg (240-265 pounds).

Diet: Chital, sambar, nilgai and wild boar; also domestic livestock.

Life Cycle: Breeds all year. Births peak Feb–early April. Litters of 1–5 cubs are born after a gestation of 110–116 days.