Where Is the Asiatic Lion in the Food Chain?

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The Asiatic lion, like its African relative, is an apex predator and has no enemies aside from man. The Asiatic lion is endangered and exists as a single population within the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary of Gujarat, India, although its previous territory covered much of Asia.

Asiatic lions are slightly smaller than African lions and feature a distinctive fold of skin that runs along their bellies. Male Asiatic lions also have smaller manes than their African counterparts. Prides average between three and six lionesses, vastly differing from African lion prides, which can contain up to 20 females. Inbreeding is a concern due to the isolated population of Asiatic lions.