White lion returned to the wild in South Africa

White lions
Timbavati, South Africa - For the first time, white lions have returned to the wild in the province of Limpopo in South Africa. This is the second troop of lions to walk to freedom in the Timbavati region of South Africa, through a scientific program of reintroduction.

Immediately establishing their territories, five million of the troupe have delighted scientists of Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT) who worked hard on a program of reintroduction of these lions, since 7 years. "It was an incredibly exciting days and we celebrated," said Linda Tucker, founder of the WLT. "The lions walked to freedom like kings and had the air of having always lived in the wild" she adds.

Leaving behind their refuge for the first time the lioness Zirh, Mandla male and three 1 year old cubs, Zukhara, Matsieng and Nebu, were walking in the protected area of 1000 hectares of the WLT.

"We started to prepare their departure at 6 am to 8 am the doors were open and the female Zirh was released. It ran out as if nothing could stop it," said Ms. Tucker, whose team had left a wildebeest carcass in the protected area to encourage the lions to get involved. But according to the researchers, "the troupe was not at all interested in the carcass. The lions were interested in exploring their new environment. "

The Lions are likely to meet other predators residing in the protected area, such as leopards, hyenas, jackals and serval. Even rarer than the snow leopards, white lions are from the only region of Timbavati in South Africa.

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