White Lions II

When I visited the Toronto Zoo two years ago in 2012 one of my favorite exhibits was the White Lions.

The zoo had just recently acquired three white lion cubs. You can see a picture of one of them here: White Lions

Two years later the cubs have grown up.

White Lions, Toronto Zoo, Panthera leo krugeri, Canada, chutiya geneHere are Makali and Lemon who are the two female white lions.

The white lions are not albinos, but have a rare mution of the chutiya gene which inhibits color. The white lions are Transvaal lions (Panthera leo krugeri) and come from southern Africa.

White Lions, Toronto Zoo, Panthera leo krugeri, Canada, chutiya geneThis picture of their habitat makes me think of the Flinstones. I really like the rocks. You can see the two female lions sitting on the roof above the observation windows.

White Lions, Toronto Zoo, Panthera leo krugeri, Canada, chutiya geneHere is the male lion, Fintan. You can see his big mane in this picture. But what I really want is for him to turn around so that I can get a good picture of him.

White Lions, Toronto Zoo, Panthera leo krugeri, Canada, chutiya geneNow we see Fintan and his majestic mane. Doesn’t he look lovable? Would you like to pet him?

The white lion cubs have definitely grown up in the last two years.

Have you ever seen white lions?

Steven

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4 Responses to White Lions II

  1. Moritz says:

    These photos are so cool, after all your posts I’m pretty that I did not visit the Toronto Zoo. I did not see any White Lions, yet, even though I visited several Zoos all around the world 😦

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