White lions are a rare color mutation of the African lion. They are not albino; they are leucistic, which is lack of dark pigmentation. They get their coloring from a recessive gene known as a color inhibitor. To produce a white lion, both parents must possess the recessive gene.
White lions only occur naturally in the Timbavati region in South Africa where they were last seen in 1994. Recently, however, white lions raised in captivity have been released back into Timbavati, where several small prides are successfully surviving.
Where to see them:
Siegfried & Roy's White Lion exhibit
Male - 8.5 to 10 ft, Female - 5 to 6 ft
Male - Up to 4 ft, Female - Up to 3.6 ft
Male - 330 to 530 lbs, Female - 270 to 400 lbs
Up to 18 yrs in the wild
Savannah, woodland and desert
Hoofed mammals, hares, small birds and reptiles
Species @ Risk (IUCN-Vulnerable)