Jake: White Lion Two by Rohan Thomson

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To celebrate the completed expansion of the National Zoo and Aquarium, the stunning variety of the animal world has been captured in a series of portraits exclusive to The Store by Fairfax. 

Jake and his sibling Mishka were the most beautiful animals Richard Tindale had ever seen - and he says they still are. A South African cat breeder was preparing to send siblings Jake and Mishka to a poorly regulated zoo in the Philippines when the National Zoo and Aquarium owner Richard Tindale met them and could not resist bring them back to Australia. This was despite him recently committing to taking six white lions from Mogo Zoo. Originally found in a small South African region, only 400 white lions are left in the world. All of them are in captivity as those wild-born are targeted by poachers and prized as a trophy lions. The white colouration is caused by a condition called leucism which affects the production of pigments. Jake is often found rolling around in the scent of Chanel No.5 perfume sprayed as a form of enrichment, while Mishka prefers to play with toys.

Fairfax photographer Rohan Thomson’s ambitious project took months of effort, bringing him closer to these animals than anyone could hope to be. The time and patience he committed to his work is apparent in the sense of calm and connection with each of his subjects.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of each of these images will go to wildlife conservation charities selected by the National Zoo & Aquarium.

A digital C-Type printing method with a Kodak Professional Premier Endura paper has been used.


  • A4: 210mm x 297mm
  • A3: 297mm x 420mm
  • A2: 420mm x 594mm

Frames - Crafted by Amarisco Picture Framing, Sydney. Ph 02 9439 3133, amarisco.com.au.

  • Box frames are sourced from sustainable plantation timber 
  • Frame dimensions are 20mm face and 37mm depth 
  • Available in Classic White, Matte Black, Tasmanian Oak & Dark Timber 
  • 2mm clear acrylic with 80% UV protection rating 
  • Artworks are mounted to acid-free foam core 
  • Artworks are set to the rear of the frame with a 20mm space to the acrylic.  

Our printing partner

Vision Image Lab, our professional printing partner, also arranges framing and delivery. You can contact them directly regarding any delivery enquiries regarding this print.

Email: accounts@visionimagelab.com.au

Contact: (02) 9319 3300

Richard Tindale’s journey began in the late 1990s, when he sold his business to travel the world with his wife, Maureen, chasing big cats. “I loved cats as pets growing up, and as I got older I became more and more fascinated,” he says. “We travelled as far as South America to North America, to Canada and Alaska, Nepal and India. We came to the conclusion there weren’t many left in the wild and felt compelled to do something before they get wiped out.” Back in Australia, the couple wanted to start a breeding program for lions and tigers. The sale of the Canberra Aquarium site in 1998 was the perfect opportunity. While passionate about animal welfare, they had little experience and needed to invest millions of dollars into renovations and expansions. After years of what Tindale calls “organised chaos”, the facility now boasts a large range of native and introduced species, including Australia’s largest collection of big cats and the only tiglon (a tiger and lion hybrid) in Australasia. “The number of people who visit and get so emotional when they are talking to you is unbelievable. They come here for the adrenalin rush and walk away with a different view. And that’s the long-term goal: the more people who see something special, the more impact it will have on the animals. That’s what we’ve dedicated our lives to and what motivates us.”

IMPORTANT: Only unframed orders placed before December 15 will arrive in time for Christmas. International and all other orders may take up to two weeks longer than the normal delivery times listed below, due to the holiday period.

All deliveries include tracking and require a signature on delivery.

Delivery within Australia Delivery time Price
Standard delivery Up to four weeks FREE
International delivery Delivery time Price
New Zealand Up to five weeks

1 x print $30

2 x prints $30

3 x prints $60

4 x prints $60

Plus $30 for every 1–2 prints thereafter

Rest of world Up to five weeks

1 x print $45

2 x prints $45

3 x prints $90

4 x prints $90

Plus $45 for every 1–2 prints thereafter


  • A4: 210mm x 297mm
  • A3: 297mm x 420mm
  • A2: 420mm x 594mm
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