The decline in the number of lions in Africa is alarming. But in India resides the often-forgotten Asiatic lion which is doing marginally better. At least for now. Because politicians could doom them soon.
The Asiatic lion is a little smaller than its African cousins but it's still majestic.
It's also rather ferocious.
And, umm, lazy!?
In 2010, there were 411 Asiatic lions in the wild. They're probably the only lions that enjoy snow.
They enjoy it a lot actually.
And the cubs! OMG CUTE.
When they grow up, most male lions will leave to form or steal their own families. The lions are very social animals and their families, formed or stolen, are just beautiful.
The problem for Asiatic lions is that despite all those families, they all still form part of one population, living in one forest in one state of one country. Which pretty much sucks because it means they can all be wiped out by one catastrophic event.
To maximise their diversity, conservationists have been trying to relocate some Asiatic lions to other areas. But quarreling Indian politicians have effectively been blocking all attempts for 20 odd years.
Because of the follies of inept politicians, the magnificent Asiatic lion is always one blink, or yawn, away from disappearing forever.