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Asiatic lions saved from extinction at Twycross Zoo

Follow Kamal the Asiatic lion's journey as he sets off to find love in Bristol

Asiatic lions are critically endangered and have now become one of the rarest animals in the world.

BBC Inside Out finds out how a 'dating agency' for lions, adopted by Twycross Zoo is helping to save the endangered animals from extinction.

This type of breeding programme involves thousands of exotic animals being moved by road, rail and air across the UK.

BBC's Mike Dilger follows some lions from India moving from Twycross Zoo.

Asiatic lions are the cousin of its African relative and one of the rarest animals in the world. They are so uncommon it was thought there were just a dozen left in the wild.

Signpost to Asiatic lions
Twycross Zoo are part of a breeding programme to protect the Asiatic lions

Kamal was one of Twycross Zoo's star attractions, before he was moved a hundred miles down the road to Bristol Zoo to meet his blind date Moti.

In an effort to boost the number of Asiatic lions, it is hoped that moving the big cats would encourage the lions to meet new partners and find lion love.

Unfortunately, these breeding programmes are not always successful but they do help to bring species back from the brink of extinction as is the case with the Asiatic Lion.

Watch BBC Inside Out on Monday 8 March 2010 at 19:30 on BBC One or after on BBC iPlayer to find out if Kamal's blind date was a success.

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