White Tiger

White Tiger

White Tiger
Panthera tigris


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Felidae

Range

Nepal, Burma, parts of India and Bangladesh


Habitat

Dense forests and lush grasslands


Diet

Large mammals such as pigs, deer, antelope, buffalo and gaur. Smaller mammals and birds are rarely taken.

Weight

220 - 550 lbs.

Length

7 - 10 ft.

Gestation

104 - 106 days

Young

Avg. 2 - 3 cubs

IUCN Status

Endangered

Facts

  • White tigers have white fur with brownish/black stripes and blue eyes; they are not albinos. The white coloration occurs when the recessive gene is present in the mating male and female.
  • Over the past 100 years only about a dozen white tigers have been reported in India in the wild.
  • Each tiger has its own stripe pattern. Each is unique like a human fingerprint.
  • Unlike most cats, tigers love water and can swim very well.
  • To hunt the tiger depends more on sight and hearing than smell. It carefully stalks its prey, attacks from the side or rear, leaps on prey and throws it down grabbing the throat. Killing is by strangulation or a bite to the back of the neck.
  • Young are capable of hunting on their own by 11 months of age.

 

Conservation

All tiger subspecies are endangered. Less than 3,500 tigers remain in the world.

Endangered

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Alexandria Zoo
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Alexandria, LA 71301
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