The world's last wild population of Asiatic lions lives within the confines of India's Gir National Park. The 350 lions, smaller than their African cousins, compete with a human population for habitat and resources.
Why were Asiatic lions hunted nearly to extinction in the 19th and 20th centuries?
Why are lions more easily hunted than their big cat cousins, the tigers?
Why are the lions of Gir at risk?
Imagine you are in charge of keeping these lions healthy and safe. What would you do?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Asiatic lion Noun
(Panthera leo persica) species that split from African lions approximately 100,000 years ago, now native only to Gir Forest National Park, India.
construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.
endangered species Noun
organism threatened with extinction.
Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species habitat Noun
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat lion Noun
large cat native to sub-Saharan Africa and Gir Forest National Park, India.
national park Noun
geographic area protected by the national government of a country.
protected area where wildlife can live and breed without threat from hunting.
the industry (including food, hotels, and entertainment) of traveling for pleasure.