White Lions return to the Timbavati

By Ashworth Africa, December 8, 2009

In October 1975, two white lion cubs were born into a pride of lions in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. The lions were discovered by Chris McBride who went on to write a book in 1977 about the famous lions, “White Lions of The Timbavati” The prides territory then covered over most of what is today Kings Camp traversing area. Since then there were a few other white lions born in the Timbavati and immediate vicinity. The last white lion in the Timbavati disappeared in 1992, probably killed by another lion or lions.

White lions are not albino animals but a recessive gene carried by the normal tawny parent lions that produce this rare occurrence. This genetic mutation is the same as the “King Cheetah” which has been recorded in the wild. Why it is only prevalent in the Timbavati area and no where else is a mystery.

These two cubs sighted over the last few day are roughly about 9 months old at present. They look very healthy and their chances of survival increase daily as they get older.

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