The natural habitat of the white lion is the Timbavati region in South Africa. As of 2014, most white lions live in captivity, and there have only been a few sightings of them in the wild.
The earliest sighting of a wild white lion was recorded in 1938 in the Timbavati region, but white lions have been a part of oral African records for centuries. The white lion is an extremely rare animal that carries a unique gene that makes its coat considerably lighter than the usual tawny-colored lion. They have been hunted and prized as rare trophies for decades since their discovery.