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** 'Black Lion' Picture **

By David Emery, Guide

Black Lion
" Black Lion "

*Netlore Archive: Viral image shared via social media purports to document
the existence of a black lion (as posted on Facebook).*

Image originated on ©2012 ~PAulie-SVK

*Description:* Viral image / Hoax
*Circulating since:* June 2012
*Status: Fake* (see details below)

*Analysis:* Alas, this gorgeous animal doesn't really exist. It's an
admitted hoax, created by manipulating the colors in an image of a white
lion (which does exist) photographed at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in
Oudtshoorn, South Africa.

According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, white lions are a
genetic anomaly unique to the Timbavati region of South Africa. They are
considered "technically extinct" in the wild due to over-hunting. Though an
all-black or "melanistic" lion could theoretically exist (and probably
does, somewhere), I've run across no documented sightings of such an
animal, only anecdotal reports such as that in George Adamson's 1987 book,
/My Pride and Joy/, of an "almost entirely black" specimen spotted in

• Hoax Quiz: Can YOU Spot the Fakes?

*More critters of a different color:*
• Black Fawn
• Albino Fawn
• Rare Golden Zebra
• Puppy with a Heart
• Calico Buck
• Pink Dolphin
• Rainbow Owl

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*Sources and further reading:*

{{ Black (Melanistic) Lion
Manipulated image on, June 2012

10 Facts About White Lions
Global White Lion Protection Trust, 2011

Photo: White Lion Pride Animals / Wildlife


Mutant Big Cats - Black Lions

/My Pride and Joy/ by


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