My daughter and I had a Magical Easter Adventure at Enchanted Kingdom last Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010 where we get to have a close encounter with a live white lion, Zoori.
Zoori is barely a year old and lives at the Residence Inn at Tagaytay since he was a cub so he is very tame and is used to people already. He was at Enchanted Kingdom to meet us for the blessing of the Zoori’s Advenure, an interactive museum for kids where guest can have an interactive encounter with the mechanical white lions in different chambers of the museum.
My daughter and I was able to pet Zoori for a bit and had a photo opp with him! Zoori is such a sweet white lion, I called it the way I call my pet cat “mimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing” and it looked right at me and I took a nice shot!
Zoori’s care taker told us not to touch Zoori while taking a photo with him so he will not look back at us. But daughter wanted to touch him so if you notice I restrained her hand a bit. Not touching him is for photo quality’s sake and not because he will bite or claw you.
You can have a close encounter with a white lion too if you visit Enchanted Kingdom now as Zoori will be staying there for as long as you want him there.
Zoori’s adventure is a partnership of EK with the Yupangco group that brought Zoobic Safari and Residence Inn.
Facts about White Lions
1. White Lions are a rare specie and can only be found in the Timbavati region. It is a genetic rarity and the light discoloration of their fur cannot be liken to albinism.
2. The cause of their discoloration of the white lion is still unidentified.
3. The White Lions belong to the Panthera leo.
4. “The earliest recorded sighting of white lions in the Timbavati region was in 1938. However, the oral records of African elders indicate that these unique animals survived in this region for many centuries”.
5. “Since their discovery by the West, white lions and those lions carrying the unique gene have been hunted, and forcibly removed from their natural endemic habitat.”
6. “The last white lion was seen in the wild in 1994, after which time they were technically extinct in the wild.”
7. “Currently, there is no law nationally or internationally that protects the White Lions from extinction.”
(source: Global White Lion Protection Trust)