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Asiatic Lion Genetics

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by mjmorg89, 17 Nov 2009.

  1. mjmorg89

    mjmorg89 Well-Known Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm doing a presentation at uni and I'm having trouble finding a scientific journal or text book reference on the genetics of captive Asiatic lions. I know they are quite inbred due to the low number of founder animals but I only know this from word of mouth and reading it in threads on here.

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks,

    Matt
     
  2. Bele

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    Though very old, and probably not of much use to you, I found "Evidence for African origins of founders of the asiatic lion species survival plan" by O'Brien et al. (1986) very interesting to read.
     
  4. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    It is indeed old and not reflective of the current Asiatics population in European zoos. It may just give you some historical insight only into its development.