New born White Lion cub at Ngala

New born White Lion cub at Ngala

7 November 2018 #BreakingNews: another white lion cub has been born on Ngala Private Game Reserve

Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Ngala Private Game Reserve report:  “During October 2018 Ngala rangers identified a lion den site of one of the young Birmingham (a local lion pride) females in a deep thicket along the dry Timbavati River. andBeyond Ngala has a strict protocol of non-interference around den sites and game viewing of young animals. And in line with this, the newly established white lion den site was observed from a non-intrusive and safe distance.

Photos used in this news item are from stock image libraries and not of the actual new born cubs

Using binoculars to observe the den site, speculation among guests and rangers alike grew. How many cubs were there? Was the one cub paler compared to the other two? With the differentiating light and shade within the thicket, no-one was sure. This question would only be answered when the lioness moved her den site.

Earlier this week, ranger Lyle McCabe and his guests enjoyed this opportunity when the Birmingham lioness brought her 3 cubs into the open. It was confirmed. One of the cubs is a white lion. It has happened again!

In March this year a lion from the same Birmingham pride gave birth to four cubs, with one being a white lion cub. Unfortunately there was a male lion coalition territorial take-over and as a result, all the cubs did not survive. However, the cubs born now, in early October, are most likely the offspring of these new dominant male lions. We will have to patiently wait to observe if the current dominant male coalition accepts the cubs as their own. We will try and keep you updated.

Please understand, as with all young predator cubs, andBeyond guides are exercising the greatest sensitivity and caution in respect of viewing these animals, as the youngsters are still vulnerable. These strict parameters are done within our andBeyond policy and ethics of putting the animal first at all times.

How many white lions are there?

Currently it is believed that there are 13 wild white lions that live in the wild, with only two known individuals in the Kruger National Park.

Are white lions albino lions?

No, they’re not. The absence of colour in a white lion is due to a recessive gene. Both tawny lions have to carry the recessive gene and successfully mate to produce a white lion. Currently white lions are also not a separate species or subspecies of the tawny coloured lions.

When can guests start viewing the cubs?

Game drives to the den site will be at the discretion of rangers. All efforts are made to minimise disturbing the pride, and will only be conducted should they feel the cubs can be viewed safely and securely. As these are wild animals, we unfortunately cannot guarantee sightings

Previous reports

White lions are classed as ‘critically endangered’ and in 2015 it was estimated there were only 13 left in the world.

The last ones recorded were born in 2015 and it is believed one white lion male currently exists somewhere in the Kruger National Park but no recent information is available, according to Mr Sutherland.  ‘These cubs seldom make it to adulthood,’ he said.  ‘Being a white lion in the wild, you are born with a disadvantage as your coat doesn’t allow you to blend in as well as the normal, tawny-coloured lion would.”

Above content from andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve 

Photos used in this news item are from stock image libraries and not of the actual new born cubs

Lodges to visit with the opportunity to see white lions in the Timbavati:

Ngala Safari 

Kings Camp 


Kambaku River Sands

Simbavati Hilltop


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Comments (2)

  • Anelle Minnaar

    So no petting are allowed, great, so the animals aren’t exploited, and they can stay safe, and wild

    November 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm
    • Safari Destinations

      Absolutely Wild… definitely no petting allowed in the Timbavati or in any private game reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park

      November 12, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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