Persian lion return to Iran

Iran lost its last Asiatic or Persian lion almost 80 years ago, and it became extinct in the country due to indiscriminate hunting and habitat loss, but the lion is now back home.

Born in Britain six years ago on Christmas day, the male lion named Kamran, a son of Kamal, arrived in Tehrans Imam Khomeini Airport, and was sent to the Tehran Zoo.

Under a new project, a Persian Lion has been sent from Britains Bristol Zoo to save the rare cat by reproducing it in the country.

Tehran Zoological Garden, also known as Eram Zoo is the new home of “Hirman” the only Persian lion in Iran.

Persian lion has now gone extinct in Iran and there are no confirmed modern records of lion presence in the country. Some say the lions that still live in India are the same lions that once were living in Iran.

In the past, Persian Lions were living in south Iran. They were somewhat smaller than their African descendants, with an obvious belly fold, and shorter mane. Current weather and other physical conditions in Iran seem nice to host these lions.

he symbol of the lion is closely tied to the Persian people. Achaemenid kings were known to carry the symbol of the lion on their thrones and garments.

The name ‘Shir’ is a part of the names of many places in Iran and Central Asia, like those of city of Shiraz and the Sherabad River, and had been adopted into other languages, like Hindi.

The Shir-va-Khorshid (Lion and Sun) is one of the most prominent symbols of Iran, dating back to the Safavid dynasty, and having been used on the flag of Iran, until 1979.

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3 replies
  1. Amir
    Amir says:

    So he is a copy without any real parents birth how we can say its an Iranian lion after 80 years of extinction ? 50 generations of the same kind must mate untill you can say this lion is a pure Iranian lion

    • Narjes
      Narjes says:

      The kings in iran hunted allll the lions but Luckily There’s some Persian lions left, although they are not in iran they do exist in India (maybe they brought them there at the time when India was part of iran)

      • Nome
        Nome says:

        The Europeans took a lot of lions from India into their zoos. The persian lion was also found in India. And its still found in indian jungles. So this lion is one of those lions who’s parents were caught from Indian jungles and sent to European zoos.


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