Additional information: More info on the animal in the second and Xbox versions of the game.
'White' Bengal Tigers appeared in Zoo Tycoon, living in the Tropical Rainforest biome.
White Bengal Tigers are not naturally found in the wild. The only wild White Bengal tiger documented was Mohan, who was captured in 1951 and bred with a normal Bengal tiger and then bred to one of his daughters which produced the very first White Bengal tigers born in captivity. White tigers are not albino but have a mutation known as leucisum. Leucisum is similar to albinism but less extreme. A leucistic will have faded or full markings, normal or blue eyes, normal skin color, and normal nose color. Leucisum is also double recessive meaning that both parents must carry the gene in order for the offspring to have the white color. As a result White tigers have become extremely inbred and sickly animals. Another side effect of leucisum is that it wires the optic nerve to the wrong side of the brain, making all White tigers cross eyed whether it shows or not.
White Bengal Tigers were mostly in the original Zoo Tycoon due to certain technological limitations at the time, or because of the way the game may have been coded, not allowing separate textures.
The White Bengal Tiger is a Tropical Forest animal but also likes a little fresh water, grass, and dirt in their enclosure. Their favorite foliage is the mangrove tree but they also like most tropical foliage and rocks.
Zoo Tycoon 2
In Zoo Tycoon 2, the white tiger is not its own animal, but has a small chance of being born from two normal Bengal Tigers as of Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species. There is also a very small chance that an adopted Bengal tiger will be white.