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Rare white lioness


Rare white lioness
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Copyright: Willem Botha (whjb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-13 10:55
Viewed: 4168
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Latin name of Panthera leo krugeri is not limited to white lions. It applies to all South African lion subspecies; the prides of which are mostly located in Kruger National Park and nearby game reserves.

White lions are not albino as they have pigmentation which shows particularly in eye, paw pad and lip colour. The correct term for their condition is leucism, a state where there is near-normal eye colour, but loss of pigment in the skin and fur.

The cause of the unusual colouration is the same as for the white tiger. A recessive gene which results in the white appearance is found in a very small number of captive lions.

White specimens usually have a yellowish-brown or golden eye colour which is very similar to their tawny cousins, though some have bluish colouring like the white tiger.

Unlike normal lion cubs which spotted at birth, the pelage of white cubs is almost pure white. Over the months the coat gradually darkens to become a cream or ivory colour. At last count, 32 white lions were recorded worldwide. Information found at this site: http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/lions5.html

This photo was taken at the Rietvlei Zoo Farm close to Alberton, South Africa. There are 3 white lionesses in total. White lions seldom survive in the wild, mainly due to their lack of camouflage.


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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-08-13 11:15]

love that one...white you say...
its a rare shot and even in a park the lions dont always just sit at the door waiting for the photo jerks to appear..although i saw a funny postcard to that effect..lions using sat-mobiles to let each other know of the position of the jeeps

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