Our Star Mammal
White Lion (Panthera leo krugeri)
White Lions are a natural occurrence in a specific distribution range in South Africa. People might think they are albino lions due to their white colors, but a researches determined conclusively that white lions are not albinos and that they got their color due to a genetic rarity.
The earliest recorded sighting of white lions in South Africa was in 1938. However, the oral records of African elders indicate that these unique animals survived in this region for many centuries while it first came to public’s attention in the 1970s when Chris McBride wrote his book The White Lions of Timbavati. Till the first pride of white lions was reintroduced to the wild in 2009, it was a popular belief that the white lions could not survive in the wild for long. Perhaps this is the reason that a large part of the population of these lions is in zoos. Another sizeable number, however, are bred in camps, for canned hunting trophies.
In the wild, lion will live from 10 to 14 years and a group of lions is called a pride.