The White Lion

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The White Lion

White lions are not albinos, ie, unpigmented, as many may think. The white lion, pigmented as seen in the eyes, legs and lips, but not on your skin. This is caused by a condition called leucismo which is the result of gene mutation. The responsible gene is called color inhibitor or chinchilla and leads to colors that may vary from almost white-blond to red and sometimes even. White lions are only located in one of the world: the Greater Timbavati in South Africa. Timbavati region is an area of 200 square miles in the northern lowlands of the province. It is now part of the Kruger National Park. The landscape is characterized by its geology, which is said to be touched by man since the beginning of time. Nobody knows why only white lions can be detected in this region is one of the many secrets of the white lion has yet to say. 

Physical Description

White lions are the same as any other lion, but with white fur. They are of the feline species, so they run around on four legs, have short pointed ears and cute little faces. They look like really big cats.


White lions were, at one time, occurring in the wild, but today they are only found in zoos, animal shows, or animal studying facilities. They are kept in an environment similar to the one they would have in the wild, which is like an African savanna.

Hunting/ Feeding Characteristics

As wild animals, white lions would learn to hunt their own meat, which would consist of any animal they could catch in the wild, but the existing white lions are fed daily by veterinarians.

Special Adaptations

The white lions alive today are not in need of any unique physical changes to survive in their environment. They live in the ...
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