Although there are only a couple hundred white tigers in the world, they are not necessarily considered endangered because they are not their own species. A white tiger is actually the product of two Bengal tigers that have a recessive gene for white fur. There are few white tigers in the world because the mating of two tigers with such genes is statistically rare in the wild.Continue Reading
Most white tigers are bred in captivity by breeders who are trying to create a white tiger. Breeders like white tigers because of their popularity with people, but in order to create a white tiger, breeders have to inbreed for generations. This inbreeding causes a great deal of birth defects and problems like cleft pallets and mental issues.
In the wild, white tigers are rare. Records from India suggest that only 12 wild white tigers have been spotted in the country during a 100-year span. This number indicates that there is roughly one white tiger for every 10,000 orange tigers.
The first case of someone capturing a white tiger was in 1915, and that tiger was kept by the same owner until he died. In 1951, another white tiger was captured, and he was bred numerous times. All of the white tigers currently in captivity are related to this tiger.Learn more about Large Cats
When hunting, both lions and tigers tend to kill their prey by grasping it around the throat until it dies of strangulation, and both species give birth to about two to four cubs per litter. Lions and tigers belong to the same genus, Panthera, and the same family, Felidae.Full Answer >
Tigers are often killed for sport, spectacle and folk remedies in a practice that has driven the species to the edge of extinction. According to the Guardian, police in the city of Zhanjiang seized 10 dead tigers in March 2014. The tigers were killed as live entertainment for local businessmen.Full Answer >
Bengal tigers are the largest species of the cat family, are carnivorous nocturnal hunters and are primarily located in India. They may also be called royal Bengal tigers or Indian tigers.Full Answer >
The primary reason that tigers are listed as an endangered species is because their habitats are being eradicated at a rapid rate. However, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are important factors in their population decline as well. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the number of tigers in captivity in the United States outnumbers the total number of wild tigers in the world.Full Answer >