The lions are the latest addition to a number of critically endangered species now occupying the Asian Sanctuary, including the Sumatran tiger, the Indian rhino, the leaf monkey Francois langur and Visayan warty pigs.
Sean McKeown, director of Fota Wildlife Park said: “The wildlife park hopes to contribute to the captive breeding programme for the Asiatic Lion, one of the world’s most endangered big cats. The population of almost 200 Asian lions within zoo’s and parks form an essential safeguard and genetic resource.”
Though both the African and Asian Lion are similar in appearance, they differ in many ways.
Compared to their African cousins, Asian lions in general, are slightly smaller than African lions, have shorter, shaggier coats, with a longer tassel on the end of the tail and longer tufts of hair on the elbows.