<p>African lions live in plains or savanna habitat with a large prey base (mostly ungulates) and sufficient cover available. In these optimal habitats, lions are the second most abundant large predator, after spotted hyenas <span class="taxon"><em>Crocuta crocuta</em></span>. Lions can also live, with wider ranges, in most habitats except in tropical rainforests and in deserts. Lions can live in forested, shrubby, mountainous, and semi-desert habitats. They are capable of living at high altitudes. There is a lion population in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia at 4,240 m.</p> <p>Asiatic lions live in scrubland and teak forest in the small Gir Forest preserve of India.<span> ("Asiatic Lion Information Center", 2001; Alden et al., 1998; Cat Specialist Group, 1996; Estes, 1993)</span></p> <p><strong>Habitat Regions: </strong>Temperate; Tropical; Terrestrial</p><p><strong>Terrestrial Biomes: </strong>Savanna or grassland; Forest; Scrub forest; Mountains</p>
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