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Lion Distribution

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Lions used to be found all over Africa, but poaching over the last century has reduced the lions natural range. In the early 20th century, the population of lions in the wild was estimated to be around 100,000. Since then, the numbers have decreased to an estimated 15,000 to 30,000. Natural issues occur, not just poaching, that affect the lion population. Inbreeding often occurs since the groups are geographically seperated from each other.
Centuries ago, lions used to be common throughout Eurasia. They were found all over Africa, and spanned as far as Portugal to India. Lions disappeared from Europe all together around 100 AD. Around 1900, lions also disappeared from Northern Africa and the Middle East.
The map below represents where lions can currently be found in Africa. Lions can also be found in India, but are restricted to Sasan-Gir National Park, which is not represented below.

Lion Distribution Map

Map of Lion Distribution

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