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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Felidae
Genus:Panthera
Genus species:Panthera leo persica

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:Male: 2.6-3.3 m; female: 2.4-2.7 m
Height:Male: 1.2 m; female: 1.1 m
Weight:Male: 150-240 kg; female: 122-182 kg
Identification:The Asian lion has a thick coat with a long belly fringe. The male's mane can be tawny to reddish-brown or even black. The Asian lion's body color is tawny with white undersides, and the back of the ears are black.
Habitat:Forest
Diet:Carnivore: animals from 50-500 kg
Reproduction:Asian lions breed throughout the year. After gestating for 100-119 days, females give birth to a litter of 1-5 young. Females within a pride will rear their cubs together. The cubs start eating meat at three months of age. Females become receptive when their last litter is two years old. The life expectancy for wild lions is 15 years and is 24 years in captivity.
Prides usually consist of 4-12 related females and their young. As many as six males may lead the pride, mating with the females as they come into season.
Behavior:Asian lions hunt using stealth, rather than speed. Males in the pride very rarely hunt, leaving the hunting to the females.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:Asian lions have been known to be man-killers. However, man-eating Asian lions are usually old, injured, or have no natural prey to hunt due to over-hunting by humans.

Other Information

Geographic:Northwestern India Date:1966-05 Subjects:feline
Asian lion
cat
Lions
Lions -- Infancy
Panthera
Felidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals