White Tiger

Our White Tiger, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the White Tiger (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
White Tiger Facts
White Tiger
Panthera tigris tigris

Life Span
Captivity: 16-18 years
5-6 feet body
2-3 feet tail
Average Weight
250-500 lbs
Group Name
Mostly Solitary
Group Size
Name of Young

Our White Tiger, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • The white tiger which is not a different species of tiger, is actually a Bengal tiger with a recessive gene that makes its fur white.
  • These tigers have the typical striping pattern of the Bengal tiger and beautiful blue or green eyes.
  • Only 1 in 4 cubs from a white tiger bred to an orange tiger carrying the white gene are born with white fur.
  • Bengal tigers have a Species Survival Plan, although white Bengal tigers do not. This is because of their mixed lineage and selective breeding for a rare trait does not support diversity.
  • White tigers in zoos are the descendents of a Siberian/Bengal cross.

Did you Know?

White tigers rarely exist in the wild and you will likely only see a tiger of this color in captivity. The Species Survival Plan discourages the breeding of white tigers, however they attract many visitors to zoos.