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    • White Lions
    • The critically endangered White Lion hasbeen naturally birthed in one place only -the Timbavati region of South Africa.
    • • In legends: children of the Sun God, sent to earth as gifts• First recorded in 1928
    • They are not albinos, having normalpigmentation (natural colour) in the eyesand skin. The unusual cream color oftheir coats is due to a recessive gene(passed to children from their parents onlyif both parents have the gene).
    • • An easy and an attractive target for hunters• Killed by poachers• Extinct in the wild since 1994• In 2004 only 30 were alive
    • • Deliberately bred for colour in zoos• No law protecting white lions from complete extinction
    • The Global White Lion Protection Trust (White Lion Trust / WLT)• Restore the natural biodiversity of the area(Timbavati region, South Africa)• Provide long-term economic benefits to the local community• Promote conservation awareness• The White Lion Eco-Educational Program with local schools
    • • After nearly 14 years of technical extinction in their natural habitat, three snow white lion cubs have been born to the project in the Timbavati region.