Last Update: Friday, September 29, 2006. 10:10am (AEST)
The first white lion cubs born in Australia are being unveiled to the public today at a zoo on the far south coast of New South Wales.
Ten-week-old Purr and Joe will be released into their exhibit at Mogo Zoo, near Bateman’s Bay.
The zoo’s co-owner, Sally Padey, says white lions are highly endangered and there are only 200 left in the world.
She says the zoo imported the cubs’ mother and two other white lions from South Africa three years ago and the breeding program is an important contribution to the conservation of the animals.
“It would be wonderful to think that one day we would be able to return some of these progenies to the Timbavati, but it’s a long way to go before something like this happens,” she said.
“They’re doing lots of wonderful things at the Timbavati now to protect the white lion, so it would be nice to think that one day that we could return progeny to the wild.”