29 Mar

Just Released Online: BBC Wildlife Magazine Article on India’s Last Lions by Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter

Panthera

Read an article on India's Last Lions by Panthera's President & lion expert, Dr. Luke Hunter, which was published in the March edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine & just posted online. Learn about the world’s only remaining population of 300-400 wild Asiatic lions secluded to India’s Gir Forest (see map below), the rise and fall of the Asiatic lion over the centuries, and the current human-lion conflicts that threaten the survival of the species today. Also read Dr. Hunter’s reflections on what may represent the only hope for the future of the Asiatic lion.

Read the article now.

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


Asiatic Lion Range and Gir Conservation Area

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.


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.