Posted Tuesday, February 11th 2014 @ 10am by Berit Mason
Texas Now Home to Two White Lion Cubs Old zoo given a new life too -------------------------------------
Steve Trager is a chiropractor from Dallas with such a strong interest in conservation that he bought himself a zoo. He bought the old Snake Farm Zoo on I35 and is converting it to wildlife conservation showplace.
A recent purchase for the zoo from South Africa are the state's only white lion cubs.
"There was a conservation ranch that had a couple of white lion cubs available and they wanted them to go into a zoo. They wanted to educate the public about conservation." So Trager bought them for that purpose.
There are only 300 white lions left in the world, thanks to poachers and the destruction of wildlife habitat.
Trager is also recoverting what used to be a sideshow attraction, The Snake Farm Zoo, following the now trend of conservation not just exhibition.
"They got here, they're four months old, they're doing great and they've been doing their job; they've been a great ambassador of their species and people are learning all about the African lion," he says.
Trager says with two children, his aim is to educate Texans about our vanishing wildlife.
"It's an opportunity for people to ask the trainers and zoo keepers questions, they keepers will talk about conservation, about the lions and even themselves."