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White Lions Born in Timbavati!!!

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 10:18 pm    Post subject: White Lions Born in Timbavati!!! Reply with quote
I have seen no posts or comments on the White Lion news ~ so here I take the liberty to see if you GUYS SAW THIS Question Wink

For the first time in 12 years White Lions were born in the wild in Timbavati Very Happy Cool

Here is the 05/28/06 Press Release from the Sunday Independent :

http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=3266184

I will quote a significant statement from Linda Tucker, founder of Global White Lion Protection Trust that I hope rings true for the whole world:


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"White lions are more than a national treasure, they are a global treasure"


Now not only do we have White Lions whose coloration anomaly occurs naturally born to tawny lions but we have a temporary hunting moratorium in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve which borders Kruger National Park. Seems the birth of the extremely rare white lions, combined with 2 recent botched hunting episodes, have Park Officials wanting a chance to study the big game hunting permits. They are even concerned about an overabundance of 4-wheel drive well wishers disturbing the newborn White Lions.

Could it be they finally are beginning to realize the treasure in their charge Question


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sounds interesting, although in the wild the cubs will probably have a lower than average chance of survival because of the mutation (which I think would be leucism).
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
HURRAY! This is really interesting and AWESOME news!

Moratorium on hunting (temp., I know, but we can HOPE!).....YES Exclamation Idea

Genetically this is amazing news and sure to stir loads of debate and study: all good for conservation/cooperation/study.

Dare I dream this will aid in furthering the prospects of increased cross-boundaries of protected lands between countries in Africa?

Amazing news Ace.........want to THANK YOU for posting it! Idea

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ace - It is so refreshing to hear GOOD NEWS!! I'd like to ad my thanks to Laura's. Also, I long for the day when ALL trophy hunting stops. I can dream...

Simildon - your comment sent me directly to an online dictionary. Cool

"Leucisim is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation, it is one of two conditions that produces apparently anomalous white animals from parents that are otherwise normally coloured.

Leucisim is often mistaken for albinism, due to the similarity in the white colour exhibited by some animals. Leucistic animals lack all colour in their skin, fur, or feathers; but generally have normally coloured eyes. Like albinism, leucisim can be inherited by offspring, though not as consistently or reliably, and the gene does not appear to be fully recessive as is the case with albinism."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucism

That is so interesting. Makes me think of the Spirit Bears in Canada...

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