Nature "The White Lions"

Nature "The White Lions"

Wed, 05/22/2013 - 8:00pm

Pictured: White lion cub Shinga (right) with its tawny cousin Shikota. 

Credit: Courtesy of ©Terramater/Photographer Chad Cocking

White lions are among the rarest and most treasured animals in the world. Rarer still is their survival in the wild.

Their white color stands out in Africa’s wild bush country, increasing their risk of being targeted and killed by rival predators and marauding adult male lions. Only three white cubs have reached adulthood in the wilds of South Africa since white lions were first documented there in 1975.  Now, two white cubs, sisters, have beaten the odds, surviving all the challenges of their youth with the help of two remarkable lionesses – their mother, Matimba, and their aunt, Khanya, a mother with two young tawny cubs of her own. Without an adult male lion to protect their small pride, Matimba and Khanya must rely solely on their own knowledge, strength and courage to protect their family. Nature tracks the cubs and their mothers as they struggle to survive all the dangers they are faced with in South Africa’s Kruger National Park in The White Lions, airing Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

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