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The Asiatic Lion is a subspecies of the lion which survives today only in India. The current wild population consists of around 350 odd restricted to the Gir Forest in the state of Gujarat, India.

Compared to their African cousins, Asiatic lions have shaggier coats, having a longer tassel of hair on the end of the tail and longer tufts of hair on the elbows.

Asian lions are highly social animals, living in units called prides. Asiatic lion prides are much smaller than those of African lions, with an average of only 2 females compared to the African pride, which has an average of 4-6. The males are also less social and only associate with the pride when mating or on a large kill. It has been suggested that this may be because of their prey animals being smaller than those in Africa, thus requiring fewer hunters to tackle them.

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