The scientific name is Panthera Tigris. They are usually located on the Mainland of Southeastern Asia and in central and southern India.
The white tiger (also known as the Bengal tiger) is about 3 meters long, and weighs approximately 400-569 LB. White tigers are white colored Bengals, they are not albinos and they are not a separate subspecies of tigers.
They have blue eyes, a pink nose, and creamy white fur covered with chocolate colored stripes. White tigers are born to tigers that carry the unusual gene needed for white coloring. Wild white tigers are rare species.
White tigers eat water buffalo, goat, deer, and wild boar.
White tigers mate all year. Females are pregnant for almost sixteen weeks and usually have three to four cubs. Three to four years old, they start to reproduce.
There are approximately 200 white tigers left in the world. Adult white tigers like to travel alone. Fig 2
White Tigers live in the wild for about ten years, but those who live in the zoo live twice as long. White Tigers are worth $60,000. All white tigers have blue eyes.
White Tigers are over hunted. They are wanted for their beautiful fur. White Tigers are killed to be used in Chinese medicine, because the Chinese believe that the Tiger has special powers. Even though it is illegal, white tigers are hunted by poachers in many Asian countries.
White Tigers are classified as endangered and they are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) which came into force in 1975 to save endangered wildlife. Those living on islands have almost disappeared, most now live in zoos or special wildlife parks.
1. What color eyes do White Tigers have? 2. Where do they live? 3. Do adult tigers like to be together or travel alone? 4. How much are White Tigers worth? 5. Why are White Tigers hunted?