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Majestic white lion with immaculate head of hair is a hit in the South African wildlife sanctuary

The mane attraction: majestic white lion with immaculate head of hair is a hit in the South African wildlife sanctuary

  • A white lion with impressive hair turns out to be a hit at a wildlife sanctuary in Harrismith, South Africa
  • Simon Needham snapped a series of photos of the striking animal at the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation
  • The white appearance of the lion is caused by a condition called leucism which causes partial loss of pigment

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A beautiful white-haired lion with immaculate hair has proven to be a leading attraction in a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.

The well-headed lion was photographed by director and photographer Simon Needham, 55, at the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation in Harrismith, South Africa.

The stunning photos captured the male white lion in all its glory as it roamed the wildlife sanctuary.

This beautiful white lion showed off his impressive mane as he roamed the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation

This beautiful white lion showed off his impressive mane as he roamed the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation

As if he knew a camera was pointed in his direction, the white-haired lion seemed to lie down and pose

As if he knew a camera was pointed in his direction, the white-haired lion seemed to lie down and pose

As if he knew a camera was pointed in his direction, the white-haired lion seemed to lie down and pose

One image shows the lion lying with its impressive mane on the ground, while another captures the animal in the middle of the roar.

Speaking of the beautiful white lion, Simon said: “I shot these images to promote @GGConservation on social media,” he says. “When I take pictures that I know will support the cause I’m shooting for, it’s always a great feeling.

‘Promoting a good cause is difficult, but strong visual images can really draw people in.

“All endangered species need our help if we want them to be there for our children and grandchildren.

The lion's unusual white appearance is caused by a condition known as leucism - which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals

The lion's unusual white appearance is caused by a condition known as leucism - which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals

The lion’s unusual white appearance is caused by a condition known as leucism – which causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals

The lions' razor-sharp teeth were seen in all their glory in this photo, taken as the animal began to roar

The lions' razor-sharp teeth were seen in all their glory in this photo, taken as the animal began to roar

The lions’ razor-sharp teeth were seen in all their glory in this photo, taken as the animal began to roar

“Only with continued support can we hope to save these species from extinction.”

Although they appear to be albino, white lions are in fact the product of a rare color mutation known as leucism.

This condition causes a partial loss of pigmentation in animals, resulting in the distinctive white appearance.

Leucism is often caused by a recessive gene known as a color inhibitor.

The first lion was introduced to the Glen Garriff Lion Conservation in 2002 and the organization now has more than 70 lions in its care.

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