White tigers are quite as fascinating as a species. That is why they’re the center of attraction for everyone in zoos. But, ask yourself this: Have you seen any of them existing in the wild? No, right? Their unique look is what makes them different, and as a result, extremely hard to find.
If you want to know who they are, then, at first, we have to make it clear that white tigers are not any subspecies of normal tigers. The Bengal tigers who have the recessive gene from their parents within the melanin resulted in their white color coat. However, both parents need to possess a recessive gene for a white tiger to actually exist.
Characteristics Of White Tigers
If we talk about the characteristics of a white tiger, the first thing that comes to mind is the light color coat on their bodies. It’s not white mind you, as there are physical stripes evident alongside other differences in pigments. The dominant color is a bit creamy, and stripes are usually in grey or brown.
All the other characteristics of the white tiger are almost the same as other Bengal tigers. They have a pink colored nose and sapphire blue eyes, which makes them truly entrancing to look at. However, sometimes the eyes may also have some amber or green. Another characteristic of this type of tiger is they grow a beard fast and also much heavier than the other tiger species.
White Tigers Behavior & Habitat
Tigers are carnivorous and live mostly by hunting. Generally, they hunt in the night time and attack their prey stealthily. However, white tigers have a disadvantage that mainly stems from their striking physical appearance. Their prey and adversaries can view them from a mile off. So, their survival tendencies are often very weak. Their habitat in the wild can extend to a variety of ecosystems. These may involve mangroves, Savannah pastures, and even the mild deserts.
Their Life Cycle
If you want to know about the life cycle of the white tigers, then at first you have to understand when they mature. Female tigers do so when they are three years old, while for males, this takes a bit longer. Also, white tigers live for about 12 to 15 years if they are in the wild. But, keeping them in zoos can extend their lifespan up to around 20 years. Thus, their population is decreasing day by day, and currently, you can’t find any wild tiger in the forest. The exact population of them in the zoos is around 200.
At first, you should make sure that white tigers are not exactly Albino. Some people also think that they live in snowy climates, which is also not true at all. So, the more you know, the better you can contribute to their survival. You can do it in many different ways.