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.