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White Southern African Lion Leon


The white lion king Leon

Leon comes from a circus where besides having inappropriate conditions he served as an attraction for the visitors. He came in a stage of his life when his primary teeth have been changing into permanent teeth and tree of those didn't grow in. it could be bad genetics since there are not as many white lions in the captivity and therefore the kinship of the offsprings causes different defects. In addition, white lions in captivity are not born to naturally dark individuals but to the already white individuals. Leon has a very calm nature and he shares his enclosure with Kelly and Kimba.

The white lion is a rare color mutation of the lion. White lions are not albinos. Their white color is caused by a recessive trait derived from a less-severe mutation in the same gene that causes albinism. They vary from blonde to near-white. This phenomenon is technically called leucism. We speak of leucism when an animal has normally pigmented eyes, lips or feet, but not fur. The cubs of "white" lions come into the world completely white and their fur acquires a darker shade to a creamy color with age. In the wild, or rather in the Kruger National Park in Africa, they are few and in captivity they breed due to interesting coloring.

White lions belong to the list of endangered species. According to data from 2018, only 11 of them remained in the wild.
There are no exact statistics on their number in captivity, but it is estimated that there are less than 300.
Food: medium and large ungulates (gazelles, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, rhinos) and smaller mammals.  

For the ADOPTION DONATION for Leon we would like to thank:
BIANCA van ARDENNE, Alexander Fürdös,
Radoslav Pompura, Lucia Mihálková.

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