White Tiger Info

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Tiger Distribution

Length / Size: Adult Males nose to tail up to 13 feet.
Tigresses the female slightly smaller
around 9 feet.There Tails being 3 to 4 feet.

Weight: Males from 500 pounds and
Females slightly smaller at 300 pounds.


Sexual Maturity: 3.5 to 4 years

Mating: Non-seasonal

Gestation:9 5 to 110 days

Young: 1-4 cubs

Lifespan: Close to 10 years - 20 yrs in Captivity/ Zoos


Habit: Solitary, except in breeding season, when they come together to mate.

Diet: Deer, antelope, oxen, wild pigs.

How Many White Tigers Are There? It’s believed that there are about 200 white tigers in captivity today, all of which are a result of inbreeding.

The white tiger origin was recorded in India during the start of the HB Mughal period from 1556 to 1605 A.D.


During the last 100 years, only about 12 such white tigers have been seen in India, resulting in 1 in every 10,000. Ancestry traces back to a single white male known as Mohan, captured in 1959. The Maharajah who captured the Mohan soon figured out the only way to produce additional white tigers was to breed him to his own daughter. Becoming the first generation in this century. Prices for a white tiger today start at $60,000.Once word spread of these magical animals, numerous people sought to either hunt them or capture them as pets. Eventually, white tigers were taken to zoos around the world to be put on display.

While at first white tigers were merely created by chance, humans now understand how they are formed causing them to inbreed Bengal tigers until they produce a white tiger.


White tigers carry a gene that is only present in around 1 in every 10000 tigers. White tigers are prone to having crossed eyes (a condition known as strabismus)The White Tiger is just that. This is not a separate subspecies of the Bengal Tiger and they are not Albinos. They have ice blue eyes, a pink nose, creamy white fur and chocolate brown to black stripes. A white tiger can be born from a mating of two orange tigers carrying the recessive gene, known as a double recessive allele. A Bengal tiger with two normal allele or one normal and one white allele is colored orange. Only a double dose of the mutant allele results in a white tiger.

Why Do White Tigers Exist? How Did They Come to Be? White tigers are created when two Bengal tigers, who have a specific recessive gene, mate. This ends up causing their offspring’s coat to be pure white rather than orange. This genetic defect not only affects the color of their fur, but can play a major role in the white tiger’s overall health and longevity.

How you get a White Tiger!

Are White Tigers Made By Humans? While white tigers weren’t originally made by humans, the ones found in the world today most likely are. Humans breed white tigers and Bengal tigers in hopes of them producing more of this interesting animal. Because white tigers are so rare, humans will over-breed them causing the animals to become exhausted and leading to the formation of multiple medical conditions.Most white tigers can be found in zoos, but some private breeders also buy them and try breeding this animal themselves for money. These animals will be bred together multiple times which can result in their offspring having severe health concerns.

Why Are White Tigers Being Bred? Breeders usually breed white tigers with the excuse that this animal is endangered and by breeding them it helps to keep their numbers up.However, this is usually a cover-up because the breeders sell these animals for large profits thanks to their rareness.

There is no such thing as a snow tiger. All white tigers originate from the first white tiger "Mohan", from India. The white tiger was hunted to extinction from the 1700's by the Maharajah, who thought if he killed the Great Ghost Cat, it would bring him spiritual greatness. They were hunted to extinction and disappeared until "Mohan" was spotted in 1959.

All White Tigers Are Inbred and Are Not Purebred. The ONLY way to produce a tiger or lion with a white coat is through inbreeding brother to sister or father to daughter; generation after generation after generation. The kind of severe inbreeding that is required to produce the mutation of a white coat also causes a number of other defects in these big cats.

Their white color does not help them in their natural environment, the jungle. Rather, it is a hindrance, as the white stands out instead of blending in.

White tigers once lived in the wild but no longer exist there for a variety of reasons, including extensive health concerns and the greed of trophy hunters. Today, if someone wants to see a white tiger they will have to travel to a zoo or animal sanctuary.


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