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Photographer's Note

The Latin name of Panthera leo krugeri is not limited to white lions. It applies to all South African lion subspecies; the prides of which are mostly located in Kruger National Park and nearby game reserves.

White lions are not albino as they have pigmentation which shows particularly in eye, paw pad and lip colour. The correct term for their condition is leucism, a state where there is near-normal eye colour, but loss of pigment in the skin and fur.

The cause of the unusual colouration is the same as for the white tiger. A recessive gene which results in the white appearance is found in a very small number of captive lions.

White specimens usually have a yellowish-brown or golden eye colour which is very similar to their tawny cousins, though some have bluish colouring like the white tiger.

Unlike normal lion cubs which spotted at birth, the pelage of white cubs is almost pure white. Over the months the coat gradually darkens to become a cream or ivory colour. At last count, 32 white lions were recorded worldwide.

Height to the shoulder : Male 120cm - Female 110cm
Weight : Male 189-260kg - Female 126kg
Maximum Speed : 48 - 59 km/h

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ISO : 400
Metering Mode : Spot
Exposure Program : Aperture Priority
Exposure Comp. : 0 EV
White Balance : Shade
Contrast : Normal
Saturation : Normal
Sharpness : Normal
Hue Adjustment : 0
Color Mode : II Adobe RGB
JPEG Quality : Fine 300dpi 24-bit
Image Size : Medium 2240x1488 pixels
Lens Used : 80-200mm @ 200mm
Focal Length : 300mm (in 35mm film)
Flash : No
Tripod : No

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