White Lions are a genetic rarity of Panthero leo, endemic to eastern South Africa. Sadly, their striking beauty is a curse—all but 13 individuals have been stripped from the wild in the name of circuses, zoos, Las Vegas shows, and hunting. Miraculously, it’s still possible to see this hyper-rare big cat in its natural habitat. Near the South Africa-Mozambique border, the sublime Singita Lebombo Lodge and Singita Sweni Lodge have exclusive rights to a 33,000-acre tract of Kruger National Park, where several of the lions happen to carry the recessive white gene. Last year, a white male cub was born, and, ever since, he’s been frequently seen—and photographed—on game drives.
By: Paul Rubio
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