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Jakarta Post

Six white lions introduced to Taman Safari on Imlek

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Fri, February 16, 2018   /   07:43 pm
Six white lions introduced to Taman Safari on Imlek Critically endangered: An African white lion sent over from Canada stands in its exhibit at Taman Safari Indonesia, Bogor, West Java, during Chinese New Year on Feb. 16. (Courtesy of Taman Safari Indonesia/File)

Visitors of wildlife park Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor had the opportunity to observe six white lions brought in from Canada at the end of January.

The white lions were introduced for the first time to the public during an education program held during Chinese New Year, locally known as Imlek, at the park’s baby zoo on Friday.

Taman Safari Indonesia director Jansen Manansang said the six white lions four females and two males  were brought to Indonesia from Canada on Jan. 28.

White lions were rare, he said, and it was predicted that there were only around 100 of them left in the world.

Jansen further said that the species of lion at the park was the same as those endemic to Timbavati, South Africa. “They have completed their quarantine period, but they are still under the monitoring and treatment of TSI keepers,” he said.

Visitors packed the park during Imlek on Friday, with most of them taking photos of the critically endangered mammal. (ebf)