Are there any white tigers in the wild?
Today there are no white tigers in the wild. The last one was shot by a trophy hunter in 1958. There are 200 white tigers in captivity, the product of nine generations of inbreeding. The market value of a white tiger cub remains at previous levels – and the breeding continues.
Why are there no white tigers in the wild?
White tigers are not a species. They are the result of a recessive gene. Breeding white tigers involves inbreeding individuals and often results in terrible genetics problems. It is a cruel myth perpetuated by a cynical grab for the green dollar and the entertainment dollar.
Can white tigers survive in the wild?
This mutation is so rare that it is estimated that only one in every 10,000 tigers born in the wild is white. Due to this mutation robbing them of their camouflage, white tigers in the wild rarely survive long enough to pass on their genes. Therefore, white tigers are only found in captivity.
Should white tigers exist?
Because the white coloration is so disadvantageous to survival there is no recorded evidence of a white cub ever living long enough in the wild to become an adult. That is why white tigers ONLY exist in captivity and then ONLY as the result of continual, destructive and unethical inbreeding.
Do black tigers exist?
So-called black tigers are due to pseudo-melanism. Pseudo-melanistic tigers have thick stripes so close together that the tawny background is barely visible between stripes. Pseudo-melanistic tigers exist and can be seen in the wild and in zoos. Such tigers are said to be getting more common due to inbreeding.
Are ligers real?
Ligers are a cross between specifically a male lion and a female tiger. They are a man-made animal and not considered a real species because they would not occur naturally in the wild. Lions are from Africa and tigers are from Asia so there is no reason for their breeding other than human entertainment.