24-7PressRelease - G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma announces an amazing birth from a rescued African lion. On July 6th, 2008, Marty the Lion gave birth to the last of what would be 5 baby white lions.
"This is so very rare," said Joe Schreibvogel, Park Director. "It is rare enough for a lion to give birth to 5 healthy babies and they all live. But to have 5 white babies from two brown lions is even more rare."
Marty was one of a group of six animals taken in at G.W. out of Kansas. The birth of the white lions makes the second miracle this year at G.W. Last month the very first White Tiger was born from a tiger taken in out of Texas.
The park started out back in the late 90's as a sanctuary and grew into a huge full blown Educational Zoological park. The Park has never had any kind of white baby born in the 10 years it has been in business, and this makes two unexpected litters in one year.
The baby lions will be on hand for visitors to see near the end of July of this year. "We want to make sure they remain healthy before we allow the public to see them and touch them," said Joe. "We don't want to stress them out or put them at risk in any way. It's a small miracle for the park to have white lions, for people to come see and learn about, and they are going to be treated like the miracle they are."
"The park is indeed one of the finest around and Oklahoma should be very proud to have such a beautiful and magnificent place with in it," said Beth Corley, a USDA licensed Employee. The park has now 31 certified feline handlers and they are all ready to teach the public about the parks new little miracles.
The park currently houses over 130 big cats, and is open to the public 365 days a year. The park and its current staff have many accomplishments. Joe Schreibvogel, Park Director, has received many awards from organizations such as the American Red Cross and IBC bank, and has been honored in the Book of Who's Who.
For more information or to make a donation to help build the White Lion display Please go to www.gwpark.org