White (Transvaal) Lion Panthera leo krugeri

White Lion
White Lion family
The Timbavati (Tsimba-vaati) region of the Kruger National Park in South Africa is the only region where white Lions occur(red) naturally. These are not albinos but leucistic, like white tigers, they have a gene that results in light coats while retaining colour pigment in eyes, nose and feet pads. Cubs are born completely white (without the spots of golden/tawny lions) but become cream-coloured as they get older. Most have normal tawny eyes but some have blue eyes like the white tigers.
White Lion male
White Lion male
White Lion female
White male Lion with mane and white lioness, both now more cream than white.
White Lioness
White Lion cub The young are whiter but go cream with age.
White Lion head
White Lion cub
White Lion
White Lioness
So many have been removed from Kruger for hunting/captivity that the gene may now be very rare in the wild. The same region also has normal golden/tawny lions and both white and tawny are the same subspecies Panthera leo krugeri.