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The white lions of Timbavati, the revealing story
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In 1975, the existence of white lions was revealed to the general public by Chris McBride's book "The White Lions of Timbavati". The author tells the story of two white lion cubs, Temba "hope" in Zulu and Tombi "girl", which were observed and looked after in the private reserve of Timbavati, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Following the death of their mother, these two young lions were entrusted to the National Zoo of Pretoria and founded one of the first lineages of white lions bred in captivity. Temba and Tombi had a sister of normal color, named Vela "surprise".
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