But now, they may be ripped away from one another. Instead of transferring Mufasa and Suraya to a sanctuary to live out their lives, as the wildlife center wishes, the country’s Department of Rural, Environmental and Agricultural Development claims it owns Mufasa and want him to be auctioned off instead — to “raise funds” for the South African government.
This means a grim outcome. By auctioning Mufasa off, the rare lion will likely end up at a canned hunting facility — where trophy hunters can pay thousands of dollars to shoot him.
There are only 300 white lions in the world overall and just 13 living in the wild, so it’s likely Mufasa’s “price tag” to be hunted would be extremely pricy.