Lions in Asia
Lions are found at many different parts of the world. Different species are well spread according to the habitat that they can live in. The animal has been considered the lord of the jungle since times and memorials. Although this definition is not valid as much stronger animals are part of some jungles.
Unlike popular belief they are not just confined to African terrains. It is however true that not many of this beautiful majestic species dwell in the world today. Like all other animals they have been long endangered by the barbaric human hunters and are one the wild life list of animals nearing extinction.
Had we mapped the species 10,000 years ago the results would have been quite different. Large numbers were then inhabitants of different parts of the world.
Today they are found in a measly amount in some parts of the world but their confinement only to Africa is a false notion.
In asia the lions are found only in GIR wildlife Sanctuary in the province of Gujarat, India. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Junagadh.
This place is open for tourists but hunting is a crime well punished for.
GIR SANCTUARY- The Last of the dwellings of Asiatic Lions
GIR Wildlife Sanctuary emerged as the last resort for Asiatic lions in India; however not more than 300 lions have sought refuge in this place.
The sanctuary is spread over 1450 sq kms.
Of the many places harboring lions in India including Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh only Gujarat could retain its population.
The lions go back in the heritage and history of Indian civilizations from KING ASHOK to INDIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY EMBLEMS today.
Lions depicted grandeur and bravery second to none.
The lions found in India today are shrunken from their initial stone carvings or as compared to the African specie with shorter manes.
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