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White Lioness

White Lioness
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRII, UV Filter
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-04-20 1:09
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Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was taken at Krugersdorp Game Reserve,

The white lion is occasionally found in wildlife reserves in South Africa and is a rare color mutation of the Kruger subspecies of lion (Panthera leo krugeri). It has been perpetuated by selective breeding in zoos around the world. White lions are not a separate subspecies and they have never been common in the wild. 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. The greatest population of white lions is in zoos where they are deliberately bred for color. The population of the white lion is unknown but the most recent count was in 2004 and 30 were alive. White lions are not albino lions. Instead, the white color is caused by a recessive gene known as chinchilla or color inhibitor. They vary from blonde through to near white, however some can also be red. This coloration gives white lions a distinct disadvantage in nature because they are highly visible. This gives them away to their prey and makes them an attractive target for hunters. According to Linda Tucker, in “Mystery of the White Lions – Children of the Sun God” they are bred in camps in South Africa as trophies for canned hunts.
The chinchilla mutation, a recessive gene, gives white lions their unusual colors. A similar gene also produces white tigers. White lions can therefore be selectively bred for zoos and animal shows. Such breeding involves inbreeding of close relatives and can result in inbreeding depression (genetic defects, reduced fertility, and physical defects) although this has not yet been recorded in white lions in zoos as it has in white tigers. According to Tucker, white lions in canned hunt camps have been found to have hind-limb paralysis and serious heart defects, indicating a severe level of inbreeding involved in mass-production although they are rare in the wild. People are concerned about the White Lions mating with regular lions.

[Info: planetoddity.com/white-lions-of-south-africa/]

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Ciao Bunyapon. Impressive sharp and details with exciting light trought the grass. Best compliments.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-20 2:32]

The light balance of this pic is extraordinary!!! What a quality of sharpness and colors and what a beautiful composition,these lions seems in pose just for you.My greats compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-04-20 3:25]

Hi Bungbing,
Time to relax!
Very good sharpnes and beautiful naturel colors and well composed too.
Best wishes,

Hello Bunyapon
Nice capture of these lions,great details and colors. Job well done!
Regards Hedesan

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-20 7:45]

Hi Bunyapon,
Excellent photo of this white lions in very nice Landscape, TFS!

Hello Bunyapon
Beautiful animals and beautiful scene with excellent composition and very good sharpness. The lighting is fantastic.

Hello Bunyapon,
Nice picture with the two lioness sitting down. Great composition with splendid light, amazing colors and very good focus.

Hi Bunyapon,
very nice photo of these twins. Amazing warm and natural colours. Very good POV.
Very good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-04-20 9:54]

Hello Bunyapon
Very calm and relax moment in the lionesses day.The image is well balanced and composed. Lovely light tawny color and sharp details. a wide depth of field allows us to see the envoronment in which they live.
Nicely done
Regards from Québec

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-20 10:46]

Hello Bungbing.
A very beautiful photo.The details of the faces are just wonderful. Perfect natural colors.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-20 11:05]

Hello Bungbing,
Very nice photo of these lions. Beautiful colours and white balance. Excellent sharpness and composition.

Bunyapon Hello, very nice light in this picture perfect addition to the recovery of these lions relax. All the best, Paul

Bonjour Bungbing,
Il émane de ta publication une telle quiétude qu'il est très difficile d'imaginer la férocité de ces animaux.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Bungbing, lovely ouple in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-04-20 18:24]

Hello Bunyapon:

Beautiful light here & the contrast between the white fauna & green flora is unusual, magical even. Perfect focus & colour saturation too. A real pleasure to view!



Hi Bunyapon,
What a unique pair of lions. They look so tame and harmless lying there peacefully in the green grass. In Canada we have Black bears that have a recessive white gene as well. 1 in 10 black bears on an Island on our west coast are born white. The native indian tribes call them spirit bears, they are quite amazing. Bison are occasionaly born white as well. Well done.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-04-21 2:44]

Hi Bunyapon,.
very special capture of these relaxing creature. Very sharp composition and the yellow grass in background is so special and exciting.
Very well presented view.


nice lioness, TFS Ori

Hello Bungbing

Very beautiful photo of these 2 White Lioness,
fine POV to their level, beautiful and expressive
glances of both lioness, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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