White Lion

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The white lion is not albino as they do have pigmentation.

They have a condition called, leucism, that causes the loss of pigmentation in the skin and fur. They are endemic only in the Greater Timbavati, region of South Africa. White lions and gene carrying lions have been hunted and forcibly removed from the wild into captivity.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The lion is the second largest among the big cats, with the first being the Amur tiger. The lion is unusual among the cat species in that they live in organised groups called ‘prides’. They are the only truly social cat, with related females residing together in prides and related or unrelated males forming coalitions that compete for tenure of prides in fierce and often fatal battles.

Key Facts

Rodents to rhinos, medium- to large-sized ungulates, such as antelope, zebra and wildebeest
4 - 4.5 feet
Life Span:
12 years wild - 20 years captivity
Timbavati, South Africa
Males: Up to 12 feet | Females: 7 to 10 feet
Males: Up to 300 kilograms | Females: Up to 150 kilograms
Did you know?
Although the lion has often been called "the King of the Jungle", the lion's habitat does not actually include the jungle!

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