THE first African white lion cubs born in Tasmania were the ``pride'' of Richmond's Zoodoo Wildlife Park yesterday.
The rare, cute and cuddly five-week-old male cats were on public display for the first time since making history.
The brothers are the offspring of Bakari (father) and Kiara (mother) - the first white lions brought to the state in 2010.
Zoodoo Wildlife Park managing director Trevor Cuttriss said the cubs received 24-hour care.
``This didn't happen overnight, it took a lot of careful planning to get their parents to breed . . . but we were lucky to get two [cubs] with the first litter,'' he said.
``But it doesn't matter how many you get as long as they're healthy and the genetic gene pool is good.
``We are just so ecstatic . . . we pulled them from mum when they were 10 days old and they have been hand-reared around the clock.
``They are now over five kilograms and they were 1300 grams when they were born, so they are rapidly putting massive body weight on - it's incredible.''
The cubs will spend the next 10 months in Tasmania before being shipped out to join a global breeding program.
There are less than 300 white lions in zoos worldwide.
Mr Cuttriss said there were plans to breed more in the state.