#16378 Although differing in color, the white lion (Felis leo) is actually of the same species as its tawny relatives. Very rare, there are none known in the wild and only eight in captivity. The Philadelphia Zoo has the only white lions on exhibit in the Western hemisphere. The cubs are born snow-white with visible spots. As they age the spots disappear and their fur tunes a pale yellow, due partly to the dust baths they enjoy.