When I was last in Canberra I visited the zoo, and amongst a range of things I found these great white lions.  By the way this is an awesome zoo so if ever you are in the national capital why not drop by for a look.

These are beautiful animals and they look truly majestic. I decided I wanted to find out a bit more about them and it is quite fascinating.

Originally they were thought to be albinos but this is now proven incorrect. Their light colour seems to be linked to a genetic rarity which is unique to one part of the planet and that is The Greater Trimbavati/Kruger Park region.

Earliest recorded sightings of white lions in the area was in 1938.  They were hunted and forcibly removed from the area and reached the point of technical extinction. In 2004 the White Lion Trust began its reintroduction program and created three new prides in the area.  Today natural breeding is happening once again in Kruger national Park and these wonderful animals have a real future.

What great work the White Lion Trust has done and continues to do bringing these lions back from the brink of extinction.

So if Africa is a little bit out of reach then when you are next in Canberra go along and check these lions out.  Take your camera and do some wildlife photography. If you need some help in learning how to operate your camera then check out our comprehensive range of online photography courses which cater for all levels from beginner to advanced.