Most of us have seen and heard of White tigers in literature, video games, television and comic books. White Tigers are magnificent creatures that possess an amazing combination of spectacular beauty and impressing power.
White tigers differ from the standard orange and black tigers in appearance only. They are characterized by having a creamy white coat with random black/brown stripes, bright blue eyes, and a pink nose. Their striking appearance is caused by a double recessive allele in the genetic code; and only occurs in one out of approximately 10,000 births (in the wild). Oddly, this rare color mutation is only found in the Bengal tiger subspecies in the wild. In captivity, Siberian and Bengal tigers have interbred creating white hybrid tigers.
Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, home of last white tiger in the wild, Mohan, will be the new experimental home for breeding the unique species of big cat, who will eventually be released into semi-wild habitats.
In the last 100 years, less then a dozen white tigers have been seen in India. Captive white tigers can all trace their ancestry back to a single white male tiger named Mohan. Maharaja Shri Martand Singh, who found the baby tiger after his mother was killed, captured Mohan back in 1951 in central India.
Dr. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle is widely recognized as one of the foremost animal trainers in the world, having worked with thousands of animals. He travels the globe promoting the education and conservation of some of our planet’s most rare and endangered species. Among these is, of course, the white tiger.
Dr. Antle is the founder and director of T.I.G.E.R.S., The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Myrtle Beach, SC.. T.I.G.E.R.S. was created as a wildlife education organization, dedicated to promoting global conservation with informative, educational, and entertaining interactive programs. Bhagavan Antle works closely with international wildlife conservation projects in South America, Africa and Thailand. In addition to providing much needed funds for these programs, our personnel have been involved in field research as well.
White tigers are very rare animals. They are seen only in zoos nowadays. These animals are sometimes mistakenly considered to be an albino species of tiger. However, it is not true to fact. White tigers occur when both tigers that mate carry the gene for white coloring. A White tiger’s tail reaches the length of 3 to 4 feet.
White tigers tend to inhabit the area from about 10 to 30 square miles where there is enough prey and water to support them. Their habitats are located on the Mainland of Southeastern Asia and in central and southern India. These animals live in grassy areas and forests, which provide them with shelter.
White tigers also have some special adaptations, which help them survive in the wild. For instance, the stripes on the tiger’s body help them to become invisible in the tall grass and trees. White tigers have extremely strong jaws and teeth, which are very helpful in catching their prey. They have a very strong sense of smell, and their eyesight is rather sharp. They occasionally travel in groups of 3 or 4. The group usually consists of mother with sub-adult children. The usual litter size is between 1 and 4 cubs. Cubs weigh about three pounds at birth and have a striped coat. Cubs rely on their mother for food and protection for about two years. Female tigers have produce litters every 2 to 3 years
Mohan was said to be the last white tiger seen in the wild. But, his genetic material has helped retain the endangered sub-species of big cat in captivity. We are losing up to a dozen species of plant and animal every day. This rate is far faster than when the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.
If you want to join Doc Antle and T.I.G.E.R.S. in conservation, visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com for more information on how you can help.
Also go to T.I.G.E.R.S. online a for more information about the Rare Species Fund, the tour and Tigers Preserve. Come to see the White Tigers, a liger and other amazing animals in Myrtle Beach at one of the most exciting animal adventures ever. All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species.