Panthera tigris tigris
Captivity: 16-18 years
5-6 feet body
2-3 feet tail
Name of Young
- 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.