South African wildlife activists are calling on the world to preserve and protect the rare white lions before they are extinct.
The call comes as South Africa prepares to host 2016 meeting of the Convention for the International Trade of Engendered Species (CITES) in September.
The Linda Tucker Foundation and the Global White Lion Protection Trust have started a campaign to create more awareness on the importance of protecting the white lion.
The CEO of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, Linda Tucker, says very few white lions are still roaming freely in South Africa.
White lions, a rare endangered species, were first discovered in the Timbavati region of Limpopo Province in 1938. These animals have a cultural significance to the TsiXonga and SePedi communities staying in this part of the world.
This has for many years encouraged these communities to conserve the animals, and encourage others to take care of the white lions.
These unique animals are continually mistaken as the albino mutation of the normal lions but their final colour deceleration was identified in October 2013 and experts call them a rare breed.
Jason Turner a lion ecologist says” “It’s critical that we protect them, they are a capstone animal to protect all lions; there are only 12 white lions in the wild in their natural habitat and seven of them are here in this conservatory, where we are now.”
“If we don’t protect them, all lions are in danger and could go extinct, it’s critical that they act as a flagship for protecting, not only all the lions in the Kruger National Park, but the whole Kruger-to-Kenya biosphere.”
Experts are still concerned about the fact as there is still no law in place, both in South Africa and globally, that seeks to protect the white lions from being wiped off the face of Earth.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK