A Chinese safari park has actually recently welcomed its newest and also definitely its cutest residents.
Four white lion cubs were born at the Nantong Woodland Safari Park in Jiangsu region, eastern China. The cubs, which are all men, are completely healthy.
The adorable cubs were born on November last year and the caring staff at the park will remain to take care of them, until they’re strong enough to rejoin with the rest of lions that live there.
White lions are extremely rare animals. Their extremely special white hair is the result of a recessive gene called leucism. Unlikely albinism, leucism results in partial loss of pigmentation.
However, the eyes, the lips or even claws, remain typical.
Sadly, these magnificent creatures are not rare, however likewise very threatened.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, the white lions are an extremely endangered sub-species, with just 13 people left in the wild.
While it’s hard to predict how many of these gorgeous wild cats are residing in captivity, reports indicate there are around 300 all over the globe.
So whenever a white lion is born, there’s a lot of enthusiasm!
Also their numbers endure major declining, the white lions are not yet recognized as an own species, therefore they are not protected by law.
” The White Lions are listed as Panthera leo, which is classified as ‘Vulnerable,’ meaning they might become threatened with extinction in the future, unless profession is carefully controlled,” the Global White Lion Protection Count on website reads.
The White Lion genetics requires to be researched, understood and protected, as a matter of urgency.”