Australian wildlife park gets 4 white lion cubs from S. Africa

Take pride in naming lions

January 20, 2010 07:54am

ZOODOO Wildlife Park and the Mercury invite readers to choose a name for two of the park’s new white lion cubs.
The winning entry will have the honour of naming the lion cubs, one male and one female, and will win a family pass to Zoodoo.

There will be five runner-up prizes drawn randomly, each winning a Zoodoo family pass.

The lions, from different litters, were born in captivity in South Africa.

Two cubs already have names, Tara and Chase, and will go to an interstate zoo when their quarantine is finished.

Zoodoo owner Trevor Cuttriss believes Zoodoo is only the third place in Australia to have white lions.

“The white lion is occasionally found in wildlife reserves in South Africa and is a rare colour mutation of the Kruger sub-species of lion,” Mr Cuttriss said.

“White lions are not albino lions, instead the white colour is caused by a recessive gene known as chinchilla or colour inhibitor.”

He hopes the lions will be bred with mates in other zoos.

The five-month-old females weigh 19kg and the two males, which are six months, weigh 27kg. The males could grow to more than 200kg and the females about 170kg.

So, if you have an interesting, entertaining, or maybe just cute name for the cubs, go to the entry form.

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/01/20/122811_tasmania-news.html

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