The White Lions

About

White lions are among the rarest and most treasured animals in the world. Rarer still is their survival in the wild. Their white color stands out in Africa’s wild bush country, increasing their risk of being targeted and killed by rival predators and marauding adult male lions.

Used primarily for communication and camouflage, color is one of nature’s most dependable defenses. White lions lose the ability to blend in to their surroundings, exposing them to other predators as well as jeopardizing their own ability to hunt. Overcoming their heightened visibility may be the greatest challenge young white cubs face. Often mistaken for albinos, white lions actually do have some pigmentation and dark eyes. They are leucistic animals, produced by the mating of two tawny lions that both carry a recessive gene for white coat color. Their ghostly white color is both a blessing and a curse, earning them a mythical status and a unique vulnerability.

Only three white cubs have reached adulthood in the wilds of South Africa since white lions were first documented there in 1975. Now, two white cubs, sisters, have beaten the odds, surviving all the challenges of their youth with the help of two remarkable lionesses—their mother, Matimba, and their aunt, Khanya. Without an adult male lion to protect their small pride, Matimba and Khanya must rely solely on their own knowledge, strength and courage to protect their family.

Follow Nature as it tracks these two white cubs as they struggle to survive the dangers they are faced with in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

Production Credits Print

NARRATOR
TOBY LEONARD MOORE

WRITER & DIRECTOR
JOE KENNEDY

PRODUCER
STEFANIA MÜLLER

CINEMATOGRAPHY
LIANNE STEENKAMP

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
RICHARD MATTHEWS

EDITORS
CHARLENE WAITE
RONETTE VAN DER WALT
JURGENS VAN WYK

COMPOSER
GRANT McLACHLAN

SOUND EDITORS & MIXERS
STEF ALBERTYN
GERY WALLNER

FOLEYS
JANNO MÜLLER
TIM PRINGLE

COLORIST
LEE NIEDERKOFLER

ONLINE EDITOR
MICHAEL FRÖCH
ALEXANDER KASTNER

FIELD PRODUCERS
LIANNE STEENKAMP
WILL STEENKAMP

FIELD ASSISTANTS
PHILIP MANYIKI
ROBERT NDLOPFU
ATIOS MATHEBULU

SPECIAL THANKS
MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE TIMBAVATI, KLASERIE AND UMBABAT
PRIVATE NATURE RESERVES
PETER ANDERSON
LEX HESS
JOAN KENNEDY
BRUCE MACDONALD
CHRIS McBRIDE
JEREMY KEMP-SYMONDS
SIEGLINDE RODE
PETRI VILJOEN

PRODUCTION MANAGER
KATHARINA PECHEL

LINE PRODUCER
ALDO METZELAAR

UNIT MANAGER
DINAH CZEZIK-MÜLLER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
ANDREA GASTGEB
SABINE HOLZER
JOE KENNEDY
STEFANIA MÜLLER

© 2012 TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

BUDGET CONTROLLER
REKHA MENON

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

Produced by Table Mountain Films, Obsessively Creative, and Terra Mater Factual Studios in co-production with THIRTEEN in association with the DTI South Africa

THIS PROGRAM WAS PRODUCED BY THIRTEEN, WHICH IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CONTENT

© 2012 THIRTEEN
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

WEB CREDITS

PRODUCER
KATE FULTON

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
CHIE WITT

RESEARCH AND WRITING
KATHLEEN WISNESKI

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
BRIAN SANTALONE

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

SENIOR DIRECTOR
DANIEL B. GREENBERG