Yet another Australian facility gets white lion cubs

Name the white lion cubs at the Darling Downs Zoo

Sophie Elsworth

February 22, 2010 12:00am

THEY’RE white, fluffy, cute and cuddly. Yet to be named, these two adorable white lions are settling into their surrounds at the Darling Downs Zoo.

The six-month-old girl and seven-month-old boy white lions spent the past few weeks in quarantine in Tasmania before coming to their new Queensland home.

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Zoo co-owner Stephanie Robinson said while they’re a little shy, they’re doing well.

“They’re a little bit nervous in their new environment but they’re settling in quite nicely and getting used to their new neighbours,” she said.

Four zoos in Australia have white lions but Darling Downs Zoo is the only one in Queensland.

Mrs Robinson said the distinct species is sometimes found in wildlife reserves in South Africa, but most live in zoos.

“A lot of people don’t realise that the lions themselves are under threat,” she said.

“They are not classified as threatened at this stage but there are only believed to be 25,000 (traditional tawny) lions left in the wild.”

The white lions are being fed 2-3 litres of milk formula and about 500g of meat a day.

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