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Lion Population Table
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Region Minimum Estimated Maximum % of Estimated Lions per Region
AFRICAN LION        
Western Africa 968 1,163 1,358 3
Central Africa 2,092 2,815 3,538 7.2
Eastern Africa 11,268 15,744 18,811 40
Southern Africa 14,526 19,651 23,425 49.8
TOTALS (Sub-Saharan Africa) 28,854 39,373 47,132  
         
ASIATIC LION        
India (Gir National Forest) 200 327 350 100% of Wild Asiatic Lions
SSP/EEP (Captive Bred) 82* 82 82 100% of Captive Bred SSP/EEPAsiatic Lions

*1994 figures

**AFRICAN LION TERRITORY MAP
African Lion Territory Map
Gray area denotes current range of African Lions
ASIATIC LION TERRITORY MAP
Asiatic Lion Territory Map

Lion Population Summary by Territory
African Lion: 28,854 - 47,132
Asiatic Lion: less than >200 - 350
White Lion: less than >100 (all in captivity)

The African lion (including the color morph White Lion which is not a separate subspecies) is listed on Appendix II of CITES which means that an export permit is always required to transport the trophy. It was listed at the first Conference of the Parties in 1976. (All wildcats are listed on CITES Appendix I or II). The African lion is categorized as "vulnerable" by IUCN in the Red List of Threatened Species of the World. (IUCN/SSC).

The Asiatic Lion is listed on Appendix I of CITES, threatened with the danger of extinction.

** The maps are based on information in the Wild Cats Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan published by the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group in 1996.

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