Asiatic lions Fearsome. Majestic. Almost extinct.
Type mammal
Size 90cm
Weight 120 - 200kg
Diet carnivore
  • Summary
  • Dietary
  • Habitat
  • Conservation
  • Bristol Zoo is home to two Asiatic lion brothers; Kamran and Ketan, who were both born on November 9th 2012.  Our young Asiatic lions are very playful and can often be seen fighting with one another, like most young brothers!

    The Asiatic lion has unfortunately been declared the most endangered large cat species in the world. Asiatic lions are from India, where there are thought to be only 350 left in the wild.

    You can now get even closer to our two lions with our brand new lion feeding experience. Click here for more info.

  • Lions are carnivores. Asiatic lions feed on wild pigs, cattle, antelope and deer in the wild.

    Here at the Zoo, Kamran and Ketan are fed between three and four kilos of meat six days out of seven as this reflects their natural behaviour in the wild where they would not successfully catch prey every day. The two boys eat rabbit, chicken and heart about once a week.

  • In the wild, Asiatic lions are found in only one place in the world; the Gir forest in India.  The Gir Forest is a dry deciduous forest in Gujarat, western India. Its wildlife sanctuary is 545 square miles with only the central 100 square miles completely protected as a National Park.

    About 7,500 Maldhari people and their 14,000 cattle live in the Forest Sanctuary, with a further 160,000 people and 100,000 cattle living within six miles of the Sanctuary.


  • The population was estimated to be around 100 between 1968 and 1979 but is now thought to be more than double this. However, the forest is now approaching the limit of the number of lions that it can support and other safe havens for Asiatic lions in India are sorely needed.

    As there are so few Asiatic lions, it is necessary to manage the populations in human care and the wild if the species is to recover.

    Did you know you can adopt Kamran and Ketan? For a truly unique gift - whilst contributing to our conservation fund - click here to adopt!


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