The white lion population continues to be at risk
, and captive breeding
programs seek to keep them from disappearing completely. However, due to the small number of white lions available, there is a risk of inbreeding
among close relatives, which can lead to genetic problems. Conservationists have attempted to mitigate this risk by breeding the offspring of captive white lions with regular tawny l
White Lions are not legally protected in the wild or in captivity.They can be sold,traded and hunted into extiction. Through dedicated scientific study, the Global White Lion Protection Trust is working to have white lions classified as a rare variant or regional poly morphism of the African Lion, So that they may be formally protected locally nationally and globally.