MAGNIFICENT LATE 20TH CENTURY WHITE LIONESS IN SITTING POSE

MAGNIFICENT LATE 20TH CENTURY WHITE LIONESS IN SITTING POSE

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REFERENCE NUMBER: A4424

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DESCRIPTION

Magnificent late 20th century white lioness (scientific name: panthera leo) in a majestic sitting pose. Not to be confused with an "albino" lion, the white lion is a rare color mutation of the Timbavati area. White lions are the same as the tawny African Lion (Panthera leo krugeri) found in some wildlife reserves in South Africa and in zoos around the world. White lions are not a separate subspecies and are thought to be indigenous to the Timbavati region of South Africa for centuries, although the earliest recorded sighting in this region was in 1938.

Regarded as divine by locals, white lions first came to public attention in the 1970s in Chris McBride's book The White Lions of Timbavati. Up until 2009, when the first pride of white lions was reintroduced to the wild, it was widely believed that the white lion could not survive in the wild. It is for this reason that a large part of the population of white lions now reside in zoos.

White lions of Mazanie are not albinos. Their white color is caused by a recessive trait derived from a less-severe mutation in the same gene that causes albinism, distinct from the gene responsible for white tigers. They vary from blonde to near-white. This coloration does not appear to disadvantage their survival. The white lions of the Global White Lion Protection Trust (GWLPT) have been reintroduced into their natural habitat and have been hunting and breeding successfully without human intervention for a significant amount of time. This example is flawless, no bad odours.

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CONDITION

In Great Condition - no damage.

SIZE

Height (approx): 110cm
Width (approx): 50cm
Depth (paw to wall): 140cm