Special to the area, as well, are the famous Timbavati white lions. When the White Lions of the Timbavati were discovered in the mid-1970s they became the subject of much interest and debate. The lions carry a recessive gene causing the coats to be snow white (though not albino) reappeared in the Timbavati in 2006, after an absence of many years, and may be seen today on an African safari to the reserve.