Asian Lion (Panthera leo) Description: The Asian or Indian lion is similar in appearance to the African lion. The minor differences include a fold of skin along its abdomen not present in African lions and a slightly sparser mane on the male. Lions stand three feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh between 300 and 400 pounds. Range: The Asian lion is restricted to the protected Gir Forest in India, though it once roamed from Turkey through the Middle East to India. Habitat: Asian lions prefer open woodland as well as brush and scrub areas. Diet: Lions may occasionally hunt during the day, but are primarily active at night. They hunt deer, boars, cattle and other large mammals. Social Organization: Lions are the only social big cats, living in prides comprised
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course AVS 325 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '07 term at Rhode Island.