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Mention the word Timbavati and the rare white lion comes to mind. It was here that the recessive gene of the African lion showed itself in the 1970s and to where all of today’s white lions are ancestrally linked. A number of books have been written on the subject of the white lion, which is believed to differ from albinism.
Timbavati, roughly meaning ‘fall to the ground’ in Tsonga, is a private nature reserve in the Limpopo Province consisting of a series of farmland pooled together in the 1950s by farm owners to form a 54000ha nature reserve for the continuation of animals such as the endangered rhino, and to allow predators to safely roam the vast reserve. Hunting is not allowed in Timbavati and animal populations, specifically giraffe and elephant, are thriving. In 1993, the fences between the Kruger National Park and Timbavati came down, giving animals a wider dispersion range.
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