To see lions in the wild is always a privileged experience. To view wild white lions is too special for words. Former guide, James Suter, now a filmmaker and owner of Black Bean Productions recently had this incredible experience, and caught it all on film.
James first guided on the N’wanetsi Concession at Singita. He got to know the prides on the property very well during his guiding years. Returning, he set out on a mission to find white lion cubs which were reported to have been seen in September 2014.
The white lion is a rare colour mutation of the Timbavati area and are the same as the tawny African Lion (Panthera leo krugeri) found in wildlife reserves in South Africa. White lions are not a separate subspecies and are thought to be indigenous to the Timbavati region.
The locals regard the white lion as ‘divine’. These lions vary from blonde to near-white, but their colour does not appear to disadvantage their survival, even though so few exist in the wild. There are less than 13 believed to be roaming the wild today. This footage is truly incredible to see.
Picture and video credit: James Suter