Their coat colour ranges from ruddy tawny, heavily speckled with black, to sandy or buff-grey. Their mane is short and darker than that of the African lion. making their ears more visible. The tassel on the end of their tail is longer than that on the African lion. Like all cats they have powerful retractable claws and long sharp canine teeth.
Today Asian lions live in the wild in the Gir forest National Park and Sanctuary in the state of Gujarat in India. The park was set up in 1965 to protect the lions.
They live between 16-18 years in the wild and up to 24 years in captivity.
"The Asian lion is a CARNIVORE, eating antelop, wild boar, buffalo and small deer. They are ambush predators using stealth to approach their prey. Then they charge, reaching a top speed of 56 kph, and either grab or knock down thier prey before it outruns them. Hunting takes place at night. However, where the vegetation is thick offering good cover, it can occur during the day."
They are highly social animals and live in a group called a PRIDE. The pride is a family unit where all of the lionesses are related.
The Asian lions can be seen in the Asian Forest Habitat in Dublin Zoo. The Asian Forest Habitat was opened in the spring of 2012.
The Asian lion and the African lion are subspecies of the same species.