Bamako, Efia, Jaya and our white lions were born in Jurques zoo in October 2008. Their mom, Nyala, had not the maternal instinct and those are the directors of the zoo who have supported farming: all bottles 4:00, daily care ... Exciting work but took a lot of attention and care during the first months of the young lions who took increasingly large over time! These exceptional births because of the scarcity of white lion had created the event.
Since then, the babies became wonderful young adults: the male, Bamako weighs about 220kg and the females, Efia and Jaya, weigh 170kg. Their parents, Timba & Nyala had arrived in 2004 in Jurques (Jurques Zoo was the second park in France to welcome white lions) and left this winter in another park in the zoological exchanges.
The White Lion has become the emblematic animal of the park.
The legend of White Lion circulates in South Africa for century. This legend became reality in 1975 when two white cubs were discovered in the Timbavati Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park is ...According to African beliefs, the White Lion is a divine animal and bring happiness.
What is a white lion ?
The white lion is not a separate species, it is classified as Panthera Leo (as the tawny lion) and more specifically in the subspecies Panthera Leo Krugeri. Its scientific name refers to its place of discovery near the Kruger Park (South Africa). Contrary to what many people think, the white lions are not albinos since they have normal pigmentation of the eyes, lips and pads. Their beautiful fur was due to a recessive gene that stops pigment deposition except on the ends of hair. The correct term for their condition is leucisme. The fur of the White Lion at birth is pure white and then darkens slightly with increasing age, becoming cream or ivory.
White lion in the wild
In the wild, the white color is a disadvantage. Indeed, the cubs are more attractive to predators (hyenas) and are more visible during the hunt. At present, we consider that the white lion is a "species" endemic to South Africa and more specifically to the Timbavati Nature Reserve.