Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust and author of a book about the rare lions, is scheduled to speak on the topic in a three-hour event on Tuesday, May 11, at the Stillheart Institute at 16350 Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.
The presentation "An Evening Dedicated to the Protection of The White Lions" begins at 5 p.m. and includes a short National Geographic film, a book signing by Ms. Tucker and light refreshments.
Tickets are $30 and space is limited. Call 851-6622 to make a reservation.
White lions are not albinos, according to a Wikipedia entry, and were rare because their color inhibited their ability to sneak up on prey. The entry goes on to say that they now exist only in captivity, that zoos breed them, that game preserves have bred them for hunting purposes, and that local populations tend to see them as sacred.
Ms. Tucker's mission is to "restore the balance of nature by saving the white lions and bringing them back to Timbavati (game preserve in South Africa) -- their only natural birthplace in the world," according to a statement at the Stillheart Institute's Web site.
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