Dr Bhagavan Antle of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S), photographs 4 varieties of Bengal tigers
This is GORGEOUS
Hijacking this to inform those who don’t already know…
The colour variations of tigers are a captive bread phenomenon. They aren’t rare, they aren’t endangered. Breeding white or golden tigers is detrimental to the future of the species. Individuals were inbred with their parents generation after generation to create these colour morphs. The white gene is double recessive and all white tigers are descended from ONE individual - the only known example of it occurring naturally in the wild.
White tigers and other colour variations are NOT sub species or endangered, they were a freak colour variation that was seen as desirable by humans and replicated by severe inbreeding.
Tigers are critically endangered in the wild and almost all captive tiger populations have muddy gene pools caused by breeding specific colour morphs. What that means is that if tigers go extinct in the wild, the number of suitable animals to breed in captivity with the intent of releasing into the wild is small.
To create the large white tigers, they were crossed with siberian tigers. So now, most individuals are a siberian and bengal mix with an unhealthy family tree full of inbreeding. And that comes at the huge cost of various health defects.
The individuals pictured here are particularly impressive examples, but all white tigers are cross eyed even if they look okay. And many non-white tigers in captivity are, too, BECAUSE they have a family history of inbreeding to create white or golden varieties. They’re also prone to club feet, cleft pallets, back problems and organ failures.
Not to mention how many tigers are slaughtered at birth because they weren’t the right colour…
If you know a zoo breeding white tigers, stop funding them and make it known to them why. Many zoos have white tigers but also have a sign up explaining the reality and stating that their individuals are neutered.
Beautiful they may be, but white tigers are NOT ENDANGERED.