Home range and habitat preference of female lions (Panthera leo persica) in Gir forests, India

@article{Jhala2009HomeRA,
  title={Home range and habitat preference of female lions (Panthera leo persica) in Gir forests, India},
  author={Yadvendradev V. Jhala and Shomen Mukherjee and Nita Shah and Kartikeya S. Chauhan and Chittranjan V. Dave and Venkataraman Meena and Kausik Banerjee},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2009},
  volume={18},
  pages={3383-3394}
}
The social organization of Asiatic lions (Panthera leo persica) differs from African lions (P. l. leo) in that breeding lionesses defend resource based territories while male coalitions maximize coverage of female groups. Thus, lion density in the Gir forests of India is dictated by female territory size. We studied the home range and habitat preference of lions using radio telemetry on seven lionesses spaced throughout the Gir between 2002 and 2005. Radio locations obtained by homing in were… 
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