White Lion cost $138,000 – It’s absolutely mad to think that you can buy a lion as a pet, especially when that lion, in this case the white lion, is extremely rare with an estimated 300 in existence!
And while cubs typically go for around $138,000 that’s a fairly small price when when you consider that a dog has sold for $1.5 million! So what is a white lion and do they make good ‘pets’.
Some people call the white lion the most sacred animal of Africa, a rare mutation of the Kruger lion it is mostly held in captivity in South Africa. Sadly it’s also bred for hunting parks, where rich people pay to kill exotic beasts, a cowardly practise as far as I am concerned but it’s better than killing wild animals! Of course my vegan mind doesn’t see the point in ever wanting to kill any animal. Why on earth would you want to shoot dead a white lion…. Beyond me!
However there are large conservation efforts but they are always thwarted by industry and ill minded money makers.
Back to the lions, they are from the Timbavati region and are not albinos however not yet an official sub species. Since 1994 they have been technically extinct in the wild, when the last one was spotted.
The biggest issue is there is no law protecting this species. It would not be illegal for someone to hunt them to extinction!
This means cubs can be purchased and brought up to hunt however there are some people working hard to save them and one woman who showcases this beautiful animal lives with one in her home.
Hopefully something can be done to stop them dying out completely or only existing for hunting! Some people say they can’t live in the wild because their coloring ruins their camouflage This has not been scientifically tested and elders have said the white lion has been living wild for centuries despite only being recognised in 1938.
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