For many centuries, the existence of white lions was considered a legend.
Lions with white hair were very rare in nature.
Gradually, such animals became not only the subject of research, but also acquired high value.
White lions are specially bred for zoos, circuses and reserves.
During the Middle Ages, the killed lion with white hair was considered the most valuable trophy for the hunter.
A white lion is a very rare animal. It is listed in the Red Book and is protected by the state. In some countries, the white lion is also a sacred animal. For example, in Africa, the encroachment on the life of the king of beasts with white hair can be regarded as a challenge to the entire state.
White Lion - the hero of numerous legends of peoplesAfrica. One of the legends contains information that the snow-white lion was sent by the Gods to Earth to help mankind get rid of deadly diseases.
Myths about white lions
The white lion is not a separate speciesLions. In the natural environment, individuals with a white color appear in females with a standard shade of wool. At the same time, to call white lions albinos will be mistaken. Changes in such animals occur only with the color of the wool, and the pigment of the eyes, nose and paws does not have a reddish shade and does not differ from the usual representatives of this species.
White wool in this case is a signDeviation, which was called leukemia. According to physical indicators, such animals are no different from their counterparts, except for the cream shade of wool. Thanks to numerous studies it became known that leukemia is transmitted at the genetic level. This fact was the occasion for a successful experiment, thanks to which white lions are regularly born in reserves and zoos.
The habitats of the white lion
Live white lions wherever ordinary individuals live. However, in the wild nature of such animals, there are units. In zoos and nature reserves you can see white lions, derived mainly by artificial means.
The largest number of unusual animalsLives in the Sanbona Reserve in South Africa - there are more than 100 of them. In zoos in Germany there are over 20 white lions. Recently, such animals were brought to Ukraine, where they also live in captivity.
The difficulty of living a white lion in the wild.
Surviving in a natural environment a white lion is verycomplicated. The main reason for the death of such animals is the color of their bodies. For predators, the color of the wool plays almost the main role. Lions in this case are no exception. Yellow coloring of the coat helps to mask on any terrain, which allows you to sneak up as close to the victim as possible.
A white lion is a very valuable animal. The cost of one individual often reaches 140 thousand dollars.
White lions in wild savannah conditionsCan not be disguised. It is even more difficult for a lion with white hair to catch prey. That is why such animals often die. Some researchers express the opinion that white lions are not as strong as ordinary cousins, but the reason for unsuccessful hunting is obvious.