White lions are among the rarest and most treasured animals in the world.
Rarer still is their survival in the wild.
Their white color stands out in Africa’s wild bush country, increasing their risk of being targeted and killed by rival predators and marauding adult male lions.
How rare is a white lion?
White lions are rare in the wild, because the coloring is the result of a genetic mutation in which two copies of the gene must be present for the white coat to show up in the animal.
Do white lions exist in the wild?
In the wild within their natural endemic range
No adult white lion had been seen in their natural habitat since 1994. The wild born offspring of rehabilitated white lions were integrated with resident wild tawny lions, and released through a soft release process.
How many white lions are alive?
It’s estimated that there are fewer than 500 white lions alive in the world, with the vast majority of them are living in captivity waiting to be hunted for sport. Tucker and her team have only managed to rescue 12 white lions and return them to a 4,400-acre area of protected endemic bushveld.
How many white lions are in South Africa?
White Lions of the Timbavati
There are only an estimated 500 white lions worldwide – in captivity. Regarded as a most sacred animal by African tribal elders, these rarest of the rare have been hunted to extinction in the wild by trophy hunters and poachers.
How big is a white lion?
A male lion has a long mane, a head-hull length of 1.70 to 2.50 meters, a shoulder height of about 1.20 meters and a tail length of about one meter. Adult male animals have an average body weight of 225 kilograms.
What zoos have white lions?
The lions we have at Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo are white lions. These unique lions are a rare color mutation of the African lion. They are not albino; they are leucistic, which means they lack dark pigmentation. This type of African lion naturally occurs in the Timbavati region of South Africa.