White Lion Released In South Africa - One of only 13 Wild White Lions Released To Start New Pride In Their Endemic Home

Share Article

Letaba the White Lion was moved from his safety enclosure out into a huge new conservancy to start a new life and family with two lionesses in Timbavati, South Africa. He is one of only 13 wild white lions remaining in the world, and the work done at this volunteer conservation project alongside the Global White Lion Protection Trust is crucial to the white lions survival.

On the 24th August 2016, Letaba the large male white lion was released from a safety enclosure out into a new dedicated conservancy to found a new white lion pride in the South African bush for the first time in years.

Letaba is one of only 13 wild White Lions remaining in the wild, and under the protection of the White Lion Conservation Project the aim is for him to start a new pride with the two female tawny lion also on the Mbube reserve site. The full story can be read here https://www.thegreatprojects.com/blog/white-lion-release-letaba-starts-his-new-pride

Jason Turner, Head of Operations and Lion Ecologist at the project said: “A primary objective of the WLT (White Lion Trust) is the reintroduction of white lions to the wild in their natural habitat, integrated with wild tawny lions. Letaba is one of the founder white lion males who was recently released to integrate with the two formidable wild tawny lionesses, Khanyisa and Khanyesi, at the Mbube Conservancy. There was huge excitement and a bit of uncertainty in the lead up to the integration since lions are sometimes injured during pride integration in nature when new males take over a pride. The integration went extremely well with all three lions being very respectful of each other, and the bonds continue to strengthen between them. The next bold step will be to integrate Letaba’s brother Regeus into the pride, which promises to be an even more exciting step…”

The aim of the White Lion Conservation Project is to enable the incredibly rare White Lion to flourish once again in its endemic home, and this is achieved through the hard work of the staff on the project alongside The Great Projects volunteers.

About The Great Projects

The Great Projects works with organisations worldwide to establish high standards in animal welfare and conservation within the responsible tourism sector. We believe in using sustainable tourism as a tool to positively impact local communities and at-risk environments to aid the conservation of endangered animals and fragile ecosystems. You can volunteer with endangered animals all around the world, however you won't find any of our projects or tours exploiting the animals or the local area and community, and we won't work with projects that do not adhere to responsible tourism standards.



Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Connor Whelan
The Great Projects
+44 2088854987 Ext: 2
Email >
since: 11/2013
Follow >
Visit website