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Threat Of Extinction Looms For West Africa's Lion Population
2014-01-09 14:42:05

[ Watch the Video: Africa's Lions In Peril ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The African lion is facing extinction across West Africa, with numbers dropping to as low as 250, according to a new report published in the journal PLOS ONE. The African lion once thrived throughout the entire West African region, ranging from Senegal to Nigeria. However, a team of researchers led by Philipp Henschel, of the wild cat conservation group Panthera, shows just how endangered...

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2010-05-03 09:55:00

The endangered Asiatic Lion, which once thrived in southwest Asia before being forced to congregate in a small forest in western India, is starting to make a comeback thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, according to media reports on Monday. Fewer than 200 were believed to be in existence in the late 1960s. However, that number as more than doubled, as 411 Asiatic Lions are now believed to live in India's Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary - a growth rate that Gujarat Chief...

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2009-04-02 11:20:00

Scientists from Oxford University have uncovered the remains of giant lions that roamed around Britain, Europe and North America up to 13,000 years ago, BBC News reported.Researchers previously thought they were a species of jaguar or tiger, but have now discovered through DNA analysis they were indeed large lions.Experts believe the giant lions, which were 25 percent bigger than the species of African lion living today, would have lived in the icy tundra with mammoths and saber-toothed...

2008-08-24 22:57:26

Fifty-four women have been appointed and trained as part of a state forest department drive that has recruited 300 new forest guards and 180 foresters for protection of forest areas. Besides, about 300 people have volunteered their services as friends of forests. In a meeting held for protection of Asiatic lions in Gir sanctuary, Chief Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the working of the Gujarat State Lion Conservation Society which was started with an allocation of Rs 40 crore to protect lions...

2006-01-09 07:47:43

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The "King of the Beasts" may not rule beyond this century unless urgent action is taken to protect remaining lion habitat and halt conflict between humans and the big cats, a leading conservationist said on Monday. "Lions have lost 80 percent of their historic range in the last century and we don't want the next century to be a repeat," said Kristin Nowell, a member of the cat specialist group of the World Conservation Union, the world's...

2005-07-05 15:12:46

AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - A rare Asiatic lion drowned inwestern India after the animal's only natural habitat wasflooded due to torrential rains, a forest official said onTuesday. Some 360 other lions in the remote Gir sanctuary in Gujaratstate were safe after parts of the sprawling reserve came underflood water, chief wildlife warden Pradeep Khanna said. "The post-mortem report of the full-grown lion confirmedthe cause of its death as drowning," Khanna said. Gujarat has been battered...


Latest Asiatic Lion Reference Libraries

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2007-07-16 13:36:43

The Cape Lion, Panthera leo melanochaitus, is an extinct wild subspecies of lion. The Cape Lion was not the only subspecies in South Africa, and its range is unclear. It was primarily found in Cape Province around Cape Town. The last Cape Lion seen in the province was killed in 1858. There are claims of people today that have captive Cape lions, although it is unclear how pure bred these are as many lions that are kept in captivity have been crossbred with many other dark-haired lions....

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2007-01-19 14:16:54

The lion (Panthera leo) is a mammal of the family Felidae and one of four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. The lion is the second largest cat, after the tiger. The male lion, easily recognized by his mane, weighs between 330 to 550 lb (150 to 250 kg). Females range 260 to 330 lb (120 to 150 kg). In the wild, lions live for around 10 to 14 years, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. Though they were once found throughout much of Africa, Asia and Europe, lions presently exist in the...

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