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Return of the White Lion

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Return of the White Lion
White lions occur naturally in only one place on earth - the Timbavati region in South Africa. But very few white lions have been witnessed in the wild over the past decade. Today, most white lions are born in captivity. Their rarity and beauty has condemned them to a destiny where they have become curiosities and hunting trophies. But some people are trying a new approach with white lions. Inspired by the local Shangaan tribe, which has revered white lions for centuries, Linda Tucker and her Global White Lion Protection Trust plan to bring a handful of white lions into a large enclosure near Timbavati. They hope, ultimately, to release the animals into the wild. Scientists and conservationists, however, question the merit of such a venture and fear its consequences. They maintain that white lions are of little scientific conservation value, that they struggle to survive in the wild and that their inbred genes may harm existing lion populations. Watch a journey filled with challenge, controversy and tragedy. Will the lions adapt or will they fall victim to the dangers of their nearly-wild reserve? And should they be released into the wider world?

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