By: Jazmine Greene Hollywild Animal Park near Spartanburg is known for having one of the most unique collection of exotic animals in the southeast. A small crowd of gathered at the park for an exclusive sneak peak at the park newest addition, a few days before it's officially open for the season. His name is Mandela and he is a five year old lion. He is a rare Timbavati white lion that was born and raised in an animal research and education facility in South Africa. Hollywild park public relations representative Kim Atchley said his presence in the Carolina's is extraordinary. “He is so special because he is one of just a few hundred white lions in the world to day,” she said. The plan for the big reveal was to lure Mandela onto the top of the pride rock so he could take his rightful place as the new leader of the park, he wasn't exactly feeling it. Mandela's attention quickly shifted from the crowd of reporters and photographers because he could sense his girlfriend Icis was in neighboring pen. Icis is a distraction because Mandela's handlers say, he thinks he's in love. Even attempts at throwing meat to get Mandela's attention away from Icis and back onto the rock failed. Hollywild hopes Mandela's presence will draw larger crowds to the park. "To have this experience right here in their back yards, in the south east, is huge opportunity for people to see something they wont ever see any where else," said Atchley. You can visit the park to see Mandela, Icis, and all the other wildlife now until August. Ticket prices range from $6 to $10 dollars.