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Who is the white lion and what are its characteristics?

Hussien Shrief Mohammed

The white lion and its characteristics, we explain to you during this article, as it is one of the unique forms of lions because it is a genetic condition that the lion suffers from and it is called colorlessness or whiteness. It is a condition that results in a large fading in the color of the skin, and therefore we will clarify the most important information related to this case through the following lines.

Information about the white lion
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The white lion and its recipes

In order to identify the white lion and its characteristics, we find that the first lion of this type was observed in 1938 AD:

  • This species has a rare characteristic that makes its skin color different from the natural color of black.
    • It appears in bright white.
  • It also differs from other animals in that it appears in white, which lacks pigmentation.
  • A rare gene for this lion produces lighter pigmentation.
  • It also appears pink and red eyes and noses.
  • It also appears golden or blue in color with some blackness on the nose and spots behind the ear.
    • Males have some white, pale or blond hair at the ends and crests of the tails.

The home of the white lion

 A specific area in South Africa, Timbavati, on an area of ​​5,000 acres, is designated as a white lion sanctuary:

  • Where this region was considered the original home of this species of lions.
  • Many countries around the world are interested in raising large numbers of white lions, and most of them are in captivity.
  • The overfishing of this species also led to a significant decrease in its numbers.
  • In 2006 the number of births of white lions increased, especially in the savannah grasslands.

The difference between a white lion and albino

After we got acquainted with the white lion and its characteristics, we will clarify that there is a difference between the white lion and the albino lion, and it is as follows:

  • Albino lion suffers from albinism, which loses the ability to produce melanin and thus appears white.
    • Which is different from the nature of the white lion, where he does not suffer from albinism.
    • This color is caused by a slight mutation within the enzyme for skin pigmentation.
  • Albinism also appears in the eyes of albino, turning gray, blue, grayish-green, or gold.
    • But the eyes of the white lion appear with a red tone.

White lion diet

The diet of the white lion is based on the meat of herbivores:

  • It hunts zebras, deer, hares, buffaloes, turtles and more.
  • It also encourages him to hunt because he has sharp teeth with claws that allow him to attack and kill prey.
  • It hunts its prey in groups while waiting for an appropriate time to complete the process of striking and pounce on the prey.
    • It also follows the method of strangulation to kill the prey with the herd eating this prey at the place of its killing.

white lion life cycle

In addition to clarifying the most important information about the white lion and its characteristics, we find that there is no difference between the life cycle of the white and normal lion:

  • Where it reaches sexual maturity at the age of 3 or 4 years.
  • But most white lions are bred in captivity and in zoos.
    • Where the white lion mates annually.
  • In the wild, some of them mate approximately every two years.
  • The cubs are born blind and depend on the mother from the beginning of their lives until they reach the age of two years.
    • The female also gives birth to a number ranging from 2 to 4 cubs per pregnancy.
  • It is also possible to follow many things that contribute to the preservation of the offspring of its basic nature.
    • The lion must carry the rare white gene when mating.

The white lion in the country

The white lion is a symbol of royal pride and leadership in Botswana and Kenya, and has a national origin within the country:

  • It is also a sacred symbol of the local Tsonga and Sebedi communities within the greater Timbavati region.
  • They are highly regarded within the local tribes within Timbavati and are considered divine animals.
    • We conclude from this that the white lion was discovered a long time ago.
  • This animal also has famous scenes in zoos around the world and circuses.
    • Due to his rarity, he was recruited into the circus.
    • Therefore, it was not seen inside its natural environment during the year 1994 AD.
  • The initiative to restore the white lion to its natural environment was launched through the Global Fund to protect this species.
    • It is an initiative that appeared in 2004 and made great achievements in protecting white lions.
  • Since white lions are included in the category of lions, we find that they are classified as one of the vulnerable groups.
    • Through the International Union for the Conservation of the Natural Environment during the year 2015.
    • That agency suggested that it be listed as Least Concern, which could put it at risk of extinction in the wild.
    • Therefore, the fund is pressing the authority to include it in the classification of a type at risk.

The white lion is endangered

Among the information about the white lion and its characteristics, it faces many dangers, especially extinction:

  • Where it faces several challenges, the most important of which are uncontrolled trade and the poaching of males.
    • This also leads to a decrease in the gene pool and thus becomes rare in its natural environment.
    • So we find that there are many programs that aim to breed white lions for profit.
    • Thus, they modify their genes.
  • The year 2006 witnessed the birth of 2 cubs inside the Umbabat Reserve and 2 others in the Timbavati Reserve.
    • However, none of them survived due to the killing of the dominant males for trophies.
    • And the presence of 11 white lions cubs were monitored around the Timbavati reserves during the year 2008 AD.