Rare White Lion Cubs Born at Belgrade Zoo Reminds Us There is Hope

December 16, 2008 / No Comments

Whenever I want to be reminded there is hope for the world, I look for a baby. We have a 10-month old now who is full of life and desire and curiosity and anticipation and and….

Staff at Belgrade Zoo are showing off two new white lion cubs. They are the first of their rare species to be born in Belgrade. Ah, and they give hope to the animal world that all can be okay.

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Mom is a white lioness, Masa. Pop is a regular-color lion, said the zoo manager. White lions are not a separate species, neither are they albino. These genetically rare cubs are unique to the Timbavati area of South Africa. There were born on Tuesday.

White lions don’t usually make it in the wild because they are considered divine by local people and a valuable prize by hunters. If the religious don’t get them the guys skipping Sunday services will.  In 2004 a study counted only 30 of them in the African wild. In order to keep the species going, they have been bred selectively for generations in zoos across the world.

Hmm…keeping a species going requires a breeder. Interesting…interesting.