The white lion is not a separate species of lion nor is it an albino. They have visible pigment in their eyes, paw pads and lips. The males grow pale manes and tail tips.
The white colour is the result of a recessive gene, called a chinchilla gene, which is a colour inhibitor. This can result in “white” lions being blonde, near white or even red! White lions are described as being leucistic rather than albinistic.
No white lions have been seen in the wild since 1994.
For more info on Kwanza: http://www.darlingdownszoo.com.au
Darling Downs Zoo is based in Pilton, Queensland.
Sound: Rachael Wasiak
Music: ‘African Fields’ by Vizion-Studios – Audiojungle.net
Created by Adam Cox (Creatura Channel)
A lot of questions about the future of these two once Kwanza becomes a big lion.
Although they are great pals, the situation is temporary as Kwanza will need to work on his lion friendships too 😉
Honey will be okay, she is adored by the zoo owners.”