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(SOLVED) How Many White Tigers Are In Captivity?

White tigers originate from Bengal tigers πŸ™Œ The Bengal tiger is a tiger that everyone can recognize, it is orange in colorand has dark stripes 😁 But as a result of a recessive gene trait, the gene which controls coat colourr white Bengal tigers can naturally occur – albeit very, very rarely, they will usually have a white coat colorand blue eyes πŸ™Œ There have been documented sightings of them in the wilds of India as far back as the 15th century and one day, so the story goes, someone plucked one of these unusual cubs from its natural home, and its legacy lives on, in the existing global population of captive white tigers. [1]
Captive tiger cubs, including white tiger cubs, generate a large amount of revenue for the facilities that own them, and that funding often does not reach the field conservation projects they say that they support. Small tiger cubs are relatively easy to care for, but the constant stream of new cubs needed by many facilities for photo ops or cub handling for paying customers creates a bigger problem when they reach adulthood. Adult tigers are expensive to care for and require larger and more secure enclosures. To reduce their numbers, some captive facilities kill their tigers once they reach adulthood and sell their parts to supply the illegal tiger trade, making a profit for a second time. [2]
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Without getting into detailed genetics, white tigers are the result of a recessive gene. If two golden tigers that have that gene mate, sometimes a white cub will be born. If one or both of the mating tigers are white, the odds improve. People often confuse Siberian, or Amur, tigers with white tigers because we think of snow when we think of Siberia. Originally all white tigers were Bengal tigers in India. But, there is a connection to the Siberian tiger. Cross breeding Bengal tigers with Siberian tigers is believed to increase the odds of producing white cubs. The result of that cross breeding is β€œgeneric” tigers, I.e. Tigers who are not of pure subspecies and therefore have no conservation value. All of the tigers in roadside zoos are generic tigers, including all white tigers, largely as a result of the effort to breed white tigers. (last modified 91 days ago by Lynnette Chapa from Wuhu Anhui, China) [3]
After a visit with President Eisenhower and a well-publicized country-wide tour, MohinI becamecome a celebrity. The Cincinnati Zoo acquired her and began their own white tiger breeding programme. In 1983 Siegfried and Roy purchased 3 white cubs including the first pure white (without stripes) cub for their Las Vegas act from the zoo. White tigers became their signature animal and established the market value for white tiger cubs with black stripes at $30,000 and pure white tigers (no stripes) at $100,000. Siegfried and Roy became the highest grossing act in the history of Las Vegas, performing for 25 years to sold-out audiences. This led generations of Americans to believe that a tiger is no longer a wild animal but a performing pet. [4]

Article References

  1. https://wildwelfare.org/white-tigers/
  2. https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-truth-about-white-tigers
  3. https://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/
  4. https://www.tigersinamerica.org/whitetiger.htm
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