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The White Lions of the Timbavati - Amazing Images

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The White Lions of the Timbavati - Amazing Images

In the greater Kruger National Park area of South Africa, there is no story more legendary than that of the white lions of the Timbavati.

Discovered in the mid-70s these snow white felines are not albino as one might think but simply carry a recessive gene that causes their coats to be white. Amazingly enough, every white lion world wide is ancestrally related to the white lions of the Timbavati.


After mysteriously disappearing for many years they were spotted again in 2006. A great place to see these cats in the wild today is the Motswari Private Game Reserve. They are known as the "Xakubasa Pride", "basa" means "white" in Shangaan. Photographer and field guide Chad Cocking has captured some truly breathtaking images of these rare cats which can be seen below.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see more of Chad's images of the white lions of the Timbavati and learn more about them on the Motswari Blog located HERE


Or check out Chad's Facebook Page located HERE

[Additional Source - Wikipedia]

bertram55's picture

Great pictures, ty so much

Great pictures, ty so much for sharing with us.

sarah6's picture

Wow, some great pictures

Wow, some great pictures thank you!

Treakle's picture

In response to Chad's blog &

In response to Chad's blog & beautiful white lion pics, PLEASE will all Africam viewers and animal lovers visit http://www.whitelions.org/ This is a non-profit conservation and community development organisation operating in the greater Timbavati which aims to reintroduce white lions to the area. They face many challenges especially as hunting of white lion is LEGAL in South Africa! Please view their website and provide support... otherwise there will be no more beautiful photos to post!

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