The sporadic white lion comes from a genetic color mutation, which results in entirely white fur.
No, they aren’t albinos! The white lion has a unique fur characterized by leucism that makes the fur lose only part of the pigment, but the lips and eyes are colored.
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At the moment, only 13 lions are in the wild, and 100 are in captivity.
Only one month ago, four white lions arrived at the zoo in east China!
Numerous pictures the zoo shared from the quadruplets made millions of people fell in love with them immediately.
The birthday of these white lion quadruplets is on November 6. The birthplace is Nantong Forest Safari Park in Jiangsu, China. All of them were males.
From the photos shared from the Chinese zoo, we can see the cubs playing through the forest together, eating, and even posing for the camera.
Regarding Nantong Forest Safari Park’s statement, the baby lions are healthy, and they are growing very fast. After one month of their birth, they were ready for their first public debut on December 26.
As we previously mentioned, only 13 white lions are in the wild, and 100 live in captivity.
Global White Lion Protection Trust said that these adorable animals aren’t identified as separate species.
Besides their rareness, the white lion doesn’t belong to the endangered species list. Because of that, these creatures aren’t protected by law.
One team member of the Global White Lion Protection Trust shared something on their website.
“The White Lions are listed as Panthera leo, which is classified as ‘Vulnerable,’ meaning they may become threatened with extinction in the future unless trade is closely controlled.”