The rare white genetic strand that causes lions to be born of white color is only found in the Timbavati reserve in South Africa, it is an unfenced reserve connected to the greater Kruger National Park, the only area in the entire planet. They are not albino, nor are they white due to the same cause of white tigers. It is a unique genetic strand that causes lions to be completely white. Since 2015, only less than a dozen white lions are found in the wild. All others are found in captivity. My wife and I had the most privileged opportunity to come face to face with a white lion in the wild. I captured this image of a white lioness through the thickness of brush full of thorns in Timbavati, September 2015. I was shaking out of excitement and of making eye contact with this amazing animal. It was fascinating to see this white lioness be completely fine amongst the rest of her normal golden colored pride. Sadly during our last safari, we were saddened to hear she had been killed due to possible conflict of nomadic lions. Truly, for us to have come face to face with a lion, not alone one of the rare white lions in the wild, as well as had the opportunity to photograph this white lioness, has been one of my most rewarding experiences as a wildlife photographer.