A picture of white lions.

White Lions

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White lions are just a color variation, not a separate species. They really are otherwise completely normal lions — only their fur is white, they are not albinos.

A picture of white lions.

White Lions (Panthera leo krugeri)

The white lions in the picture live in the Szeged Zoo in Hungary.

White lions are not particularly common. The mutation that causes their white color is recessive and it is only found in one subspecies of lions. Even though white lions can lead a normal life in the wild, for a while all white lions lived in zoos, and only recently have they been reintroduced into the wild.

Some information on the web about white lions:
White Lion in the Toronto Zoo.
White Lion on Wikipedia.

Conservation efforts:
White Lions

In the news:
Zoo keepers get a shock after five ultra-rare white lion cubs are born in captivity to tawny-coloured parents

Last updated: July 3, 2014

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