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Panthera leo persica, Asiatic lion or Indian lion.
Tha Asiatic lion is a lion subspecies, they live in a single isolated population in India.
It is listed as endangered based on the small population size. The lion population has steadily increased however, more than doubling from a low 180 in 1974 to 411 in 2010.
The Asiatic lion is slightly smaller than the African lion.
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