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New mane attraction at the Night Safari

South African white lions on show, to mark park's 20th anniversary

Published on May 21, 2014 6:05 AM

The Night Safari turns 20 this month, and is celebrating this with a new mane attraction.

For the first time, it is exhibiting a pair of South African white lions: Sipho, a five-year-old male, and Mandisa, a four-year-old female. Despite their name, they are neither snowy white nor albinos. Instead they are a light yellow, the result of a recessive gene, according to park bosses.

There are also plans to expand facilities to cater for rising visitor numbers. The park will be adding fans and an overhead shelter at its entrance after visitors complained of long queues during weekends and school holidays.

Also in the works are a new tram station - its fifth - to improve traffic flow, and a new restaurant offering premium dining.

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