Toggle navigation Enquire current. Hunting has been named as the main threat to the recurrence of the white lion gene. In fact lions were removed from the central district of the KNP over the period December to early when a moratorium was placed on the culling of lions in Kruger. A lion is tawny because time has shown that a tawny coloured lion is best suited to its environment. Is this what we want for our lion population? The White Lion Trust in their disclaimer go to great lengths to discredit the captive breeding of lions, specifically for the hunting industry and are vehement in their opposition of the hunting of canned lions. To counteract this fear, there have been breeding programs instilled to mate lions with the recessive gene in hopes of producing more white lions. Personal agendas and economic gain aside, can it not be accepted that a mutation is a natural occurrence that occurs from time to time in many species and sometimes this manifestation is dramatic and unique and results in an individual such as a white lion or a king cheetah. Let us enjoy them while they are manifested from time to time and protect the genetic diversity that makes such occurrences happen rather than try and manipulate populations to ensure the continued manifestation. Let us appreciate these for what they are and be awed by the amazing diversity of nature that we understand so little about.
Video: Brown and white lions
The white lion is a rare color mutation of the lion, specifically the Southern African lion. White lions in the area of Timbavati were thought to have been. Lions typically have hazel or golden-brown coloring for their fur. However, in the case of white lions, the coat is entirely white or a very pale.
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The Latin name of Panthera leo krugeri is not limited to white lions. White specimens usually have a yellowish-brown or golden eye colour which is very.
By continually selecting for a recessive gene such as a white coloured lion one would be practising in-breeding as one would be selecting for a select trait only found in a few select individuals.
To now want to increase the incidence of this mutation occurring by selectively breeding for such attributes would be to the detriment of the species concerned and would in all likelihood increase the species' chances of extinction as their genetic viability is weakened due to the manipulation of a recessive gene. The captive breeding of white lions as is being practiced by the White Lion Trust amongst others equates to the captive breeding of black as well as white springbok or white blesbok or king cheetahs for that matter.
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Let us appreciate these for what they are and be awed by the amazing diversity of nature that we understand so little about. After all wild white lions have been recorded there as well. In fact two incidents have occurred within the space of a year without any assistance of the White Lion Trust or anybody else for that matter, proof enough that the white lion gene is still present in the population despite hunting and captive breeding attempts. It is a product of the environment they live in that has become imprinted in their genetic makeup.
The appearance and function of wild animals is a product of their genes and their environment over time.
The rare white lions.
We have been fortunate enough to experience two white lion events in our region within a single year, the first two cubs born to a normal tawny female in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve and the second two white cubs and two tawny cubs born to a tawny female in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve TPNRproof enough that the white lion gene is alive and well within our region despite all claims to the contrary. Contrary to belief, white lions are not albinos; the white color is called leucism, caused by a recessive trait derived from a mild mutation that is similar to the albino strain, but not as severe.