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White Lion (Continued)

White Lion (Continued)
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-17
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR, Skylight
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Great cats - Grandes felinos, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-22 14:42
Viewed: 6774
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now if I slice him like this, his camera should fall over there. Somebody will try to pick it up and then I can get him too!

The breeding of white lions:

In 1993, white lions were first seen in the U.S.A. when Philadelphia Zoo placed on display two females obtained from the Johannesburg Zoological Gardens. The exhibit also contains two tawny-coloured lions which carry the white gene.

Through a 1995 alliance with the Johannesburg Zoo, Sarmoti, an all white female, and Shaka, a heterozygous male, joined the breeding programme of Las Vegas partnership Siegfried and Roy. At this time there were less than 10 white lions recorded worldwide. By September 1996 the number of white lions under the care of Siegfried and Roy had increased to seven. Included in these was the first white male lion cub to be born in the western hemisphere.

The breeding of white lions in various zoos around the world must be handled very carefully. White tigers and white lions may originate from different parts of the world, but they share a common problem. Both have been extensively inbred to their own close relatives in an attempt to reproduce the unusual white coats. As with the white tiger, the SSP for the African Lion actively discourages breeding to specifically reproduce the white pelage.

Fortunately there is more than one genetic strain of the white lion. In 1977 the Johannesburg Zoo caught a heterozygous male. He originated from a different pride than Chris McBride's three cubs and when mated with his own daughters the offspring was white. The bloodline of these lions is now represented at zoos in Philadelphia, Toronto, China, Germany and Japan.

In a big step towards ensuring genetic viability, representatives of the various strains are now being brought together by the Zoological Animal Reproduction Center. This facility now holds a pair of whites (different lines) and 5 heteros (also 2 lines). They are aggressively working towards breeding these and getting new genetic material infused into the white lion lines.

Risks of genetic pollution:

At the present time, and unlike the genetically confused white tigers, nearly all white lions are of a known subspecies, that of Panthera leo krugeri. At this time there is no genetic pollution amongst the group. In general, the same cannot be said for most of the standard-coloured captive African lion population.

Some risk of genetic pollution to the white lion exists if a zoo chooses to house a lion of mixed heritage with a white specimen. This has already occurred at one facility where, after a birth control implant under the abdomen failed to perform properly, the lioness gave birth two years running. This situation may be less than desirable, but as with humans no 100% effective birth control product for cats has yet been invented.

mogens-j, gerhardt, extramundi, RAP, PDP, Signal-Womb, Oldtree, marhowie, deud, ellis49, jhm, Lourens, kikvel, radz, LCannon has marked this note useful
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Great capture of agordiouscreature Japie. Absolutely wonderful pose looking something between lazy and attentive. My first thought was that the picture was a little overexposed - that was until I read the note and saw that it is a white lion. I have never seen one of theese before - not even on picture, but it sure is beautiful. Very interesting note - thanks a lot.

WOW! Did you put her through the dry cleaners. Japie, her white really shows of here. Over and above her white pigments she is in a perfect condition. I do not think I have ever seen such a well kept lioness. Where was this taken? Lovely shot, everything is perfect.

Very nice japie , I like her thoughts about the viewers.
It is intresting to view and understand how man can interfer too much.the note is wel detailed and very informative.

superbe photo ! le lion parait tres penssif, tel le serait un humain....son regard evasif est vraiment d'une grande beauté.
vraiment ue tres belle capture !

These are definatly beautiful animals. They both look very relaxed. I like the female best, I think the red nose caught my heart. Very good quality and superb info. Thanks Japie!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-22 16:41]

Adorable... esa es la mejor definicion para este felino.
Gran imagen... con la belleza de sus colores y del fondo, con su nitidez y con una excelente nota.

Adorable... that is the best definition for this feline.
Great image... with the beauty of its colors and the bottom, with its clearness and an excellent note.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-22 17:02]

ANother great shot Japie. This one really shows off how light in colour they are. I like the pose and composition, great note as ever. Thanks.

I would say these are the nicest lions Iv seen. Spot on exposure and sharpness. Great write up. Really good capture Japie.

Fantastic work you did here, Japie. Your lion pictures are of a very high quality. Thanks to chare them with us.

Japie, Another Great view of this wonderful beast. Looks healthy enough..I have learned something new from your notes on this. Thanx!

Great capture Japie.
Very good pose, nice colours and good details.
Very good note.
Well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-24 12:37]

Wat een lief dier deze witte Leeuw, hij kijkt zo schattig, Japie, de ogen helder de neus weinig rood, en de foto is compleet. Mooi werk!

Very nice image, Japie. I like the s
"soft" fur and those eyes. Excellent note as well. Nice lens you are using - not so heavy to carry about and seems to be quite sharp.


this lion is perfect!!!
excellent notes!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2004-12-28 21:37]

Awesome shot Japie.Very well compsed good framing you have here.Nice background to match the main pic.DOF,POV,Compostion,sharpness all i cant give less than five star.
Thanks for sharing such lovely pics.

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