Question: Why Are There White Lions?

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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.

How common are white lions?

It is hard to determine exactly how many White Lions there are in captivity today, because they are held in captive breeding and canned hunting operations, which don’t keep adequate records. Based on available evidence, we estimate there are less than 300 White Lions worldwide.

What does a white lion symbolize?

The White Lion in Mythology and Nature

Accounts of white lions have been around for centuries in Africa, but have often been dismissed as superstition. It has been part of African folklore since prehistoric times and according to legend white lions were children of the Sun God, sent to earth as gifts.

Why are white lions endangered?

White Lions lack national and international legislative protection and are victims of habitat encroachment, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. In particular, they are hunted as trophies in captivity through the legal ‘canned’ hunting industry.