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White Lion Released In South Africa – One of only 13 Wild White Lions Released To Start New Pride In Their Endemic Home

September 21, 2016 Responsible Tourism No Comments Print Print Email Email

On the 24th August 2016, Letaba the large male white lion was released from a safety enclosure out into a new dedicated conservancy to found a new white lion pride in the South African bush for the first time in years.

Letaba is one of only 13 wild White Lions remaining in the wild, and under the protection of the White Lion Conservation Project the aim is for him to start a new pride with the two female tawny lion also on the Mbube reserve site. The full story can be read here https://www.thegreatprojects.com/blog/white-lion-release-letaba-starts-his-new-pride

Jason Turner, Head of Operations and Lion Ecologist at the project said: “A primary objective of the WLT (White Lion Trust) is the reintroduction of white lions to the wild in their natural habitat, integrated with wild tawny lions. Letaba is one of the founder white lion males who was recently released to integrate with the two formidable wild tawny lionesses, Khanyisa and Khanyesi, at the Mbube Conservancy. There was huge excitement and a bit of uncertainty in the lead up to the integration since lions are sometimes injured during pride integration in nature when new males take over a pride. The integration went extremely well with all three lions being very respectful of each other, and the bonds continue to strengthen between them. The next bold step will be to integrate Letaba’s brother Regeus into the pride, which promises to be an even more exciting step…”

The aim of the White Lion Conservation Project is to enable the incredibly rare White Lion to flourish once again in its endemic home, and this is achieved through the hard work of the staff on the project alongside The Great Projects volunteers.

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