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In this March 24, 2012 photo, a lion rests at the Gir Sanctuary in the western Indian state of Gujarat, India. Nurtured back to about 400 from less than 50 a century ago, these wild Asiatic lions are the last of a species that once roamed from Morocco and Greece to the eastern reaches of India. But the lions' precarious return is in jeopardy. Experts warn that crowded together in the park, they are more vulnerable to disease and natural disaster. There is little new territory for young males to claim, increasing chances for inbreeding, territorial conflict or males killing the young. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

India's last lions

July 9, 2012

These wild Asiatic lions at the Gir Sanctuary in India are the last of a species that once roamed across Asia, from Morocco and Greece to the eastern reaches of India. (AP Photo story)