'The King of the Jungle' is more than enough to hit the nail on the head to know what the article is about. No other animal has fascinated me as did the lions. Over the course of time I have come to love and admire lions. He stands in his majestic glory and undoubtedly showing power and unchallenged authority over the rest.
Despite of being smaller in size when compared to the largest animals on the planet, the lions still stand as the ruler. There are two basic sub species in the 'Panthera leo' species out of the eight are the African or Asiatic lions. The African lions are a bit larger when compared to their Asian counterparts. They have a denser mane also adding to the appearance of much bigger look. Due to this, their ears are hidden and are less evident. With powerful legs, strong jaw, 8 centimeter long canine teeth, weighing up to 450 pounds and about 6 feet in body length and height of about 4 feet, Lions have the perfectly designed body structure that is built to kill. Lions have known to even have attacked animals that are fairly larger in size than themselves. The mane of a lion serves many purposes, acting as one of the chief sexual selection of mates by the females, to provide an excellent intimidation for display, an aid at time of confrontations, also acts as an insulator for animals with thermal vision. Lions more often live in groups and have known exhibit two types of social organizations, living in groups called prides or move about occasionally either singularly or in pairs. Lions also show family attributes as in, protecting, meal time, and bonding with the females or the cubs etc. Clawing every opportunity that comes by a lion, he would use it to prove his dominion over all the Jungle.
The Asiatic lions , long been celebrated as the lord of the beasts, are mostly found in the wild in the Indian subcontinent mainly in the 'Gir Forest' in the west coast state of 'Gujarat' in India. Though they may be found in Middle East ,Turkey, 'Paskistan', or even in 'Bangaldesh'. At the time of famine in 'Gujarat' that brought on a severe drought, there was increased number of attacks on humans by the lions for the obvious. The backlash resulted in the decline in the lion population which got them to almost close to being wiped out. Thanks to the initiatives taken by the Government and Lion Conservation organizations, these magnificent creatures now have a protected future. Animal lovers ,film makers, wildlife photographers have explored their talents and displayed their passion in their act to help preserve such great animals as the Asiatic lion which is now one of the threatened animals. Thus creating awareness and igniting the ardor to not just sit back and watch but to do something about this alarming cry for survival by the endangered animals.