A couple of white lions (Nanuk and Saskia) have been living in the Jungle Park for over 6 years.
These magnificent anilmas, native from South-Africa and belonging to subspecies “Panthera Leo”, are found in serious danger of extinction, so they arrival to the Jungle Park about seven years ago from a French zoo was an important milestone for this Tenerife park. At the moment there are few zoos around the globe that hold in captivity and take care of this fascinating white lions..
The atypical light color that characterise these lions is caused by an inhibiting gene of the color that produces a genetic condition called leucismo. Not to be confused with the albino lions since, the jungle-park-white-lions do have pigmentation.
The veterinarian team at the park has dedicated intensively to this lion couple, because their circumstances make them vulnerable to the other dark lions in the conservationist park. Even at liberty these uncommon lions have difficulties to survive, because the color diminishes their ability to be camouflaged. Besides, Nanuk and Saskia live together in Jungle Park with lions that are not of their same subspecies, so they stay in a separeted area, sharing the same outdoors instalations but at different times.
These lions catch great attention from tourists and families visiting the park, who can also enjoy the other wide range of species such us as tigers, chimpanzees, parrots, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, etc.
According to the park, Jungle Park is the only existing rain forest in Europe. It is located in Tenerife (Arona) and belongs to Aspro, the major leisure centers user of Europe. This park has more than 75,000 square meters and 300 species from the five continents, and has impressive spectacles of rapacious birds. On those show it can be seen vultures, eagles, marabou storks, hawks and even one copy of Condor of the Andes of more than three meters when extending the wings.
Jungle Park follows the principles established by the Program of European Reproduction and its philosophy to offer animals an environment as similar as possible its natural habitat.