We are very excited to announce that Casper the white lion is due to be joined by his half-sister Frosty!
Frosty will be arriving at the zoo on Thursday 14th February, and will be given her own accommodation to begin with. The two cats will be gradually introduced to each other and the plan is that they eventually live together full time.
Lions are naturally social animals and we hope that Casper will enjoy the company of his sister. She was sadly ousted by her pride at West Midlands Safari Park, and we are very pleased to be offering her a new home.
Picture provided by West Midlands Safari Park.
Unfortunately white lions are extensively used in the trophy hunting industry and wealthy clients will pay in excess of $50,000 to kill one. They were once found wild in the Timbavati region of South Africa, and there are still some living in managed reserves in South Africa. They are African lions with a recessive gene that causes their unusal colouration.
African lions are currently classed as a vulnerable species
, which means that the IUCN
believes they face 'a high risk of extinction in the wild'. In just the last 20 years African lion numbers have fallen by a staggering 30%.
Casper and Frosty will act as ambassador animals, helping us raise awareness of the need to protect and conserve lions.