Nurtured back to about 400 from less than 50 a century ago, these wild Asiatic lions are the last of a species that once roamed from Morocco and Greece to the eastern reaches of India. The subject of saving lions is an emotional one in India. The lion also holds iconic status in religions and cultures. The multi-armed Hindu warrior goddess Durga is traditionally shown with a lion as her mount. Four lions make the national emblem - symbolizing power, courage, pride and confidence.