INTRODUCTION: Three white lions, believed to be the only ones in the world, have been filmed for the first time in their private game reserve in South Africa.
INTRODUCTION: Three white lions, believed to be the only ones in the world, have been filmed for the first time in their private game reserve in South Africa. The lions, which are not albino['s but a genuine white colouring, were born in 1975 and 1976.
SYNOPSIS: The Timbavati reserve is in the north-eastern transvaal. It's extremely remote, with only one road linking it to the Kruger National Park. The reserve is owned by a Johannesburg businessmen whose son, Chris McBride, has been studying the cubs since their birth.
Experts say it's possible white lions existed in the area before, but have never been seen because the park's so remote, and because of the high mortality rate among cubs born in the wild, They say the cubs may not be an isolated phenomena, but the beginning of a new strain. Earlier this year the cubs disappeared for several days. it was feared they had been shot by trophy hunters, but were eventually found safe.
Mr. McBride has now written a book on the life of the lions, entitled the White Lions of Timbavati. It's still to be published, but the author's confident it will outsell even the story of Elsa, the famous lioness of 'Born Free' fame.