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.
Where do black tigers live?
Tigers are found in amazingly diverse habitats: rain forests, grasslands, savannas and even mangrove swamps.
Do black panthers exist?
The Black Panther is a Marvel Comics superhero based in the fictional African country of Wakanda.
Why are some tigers black?
Most black mammals are due to the non-agouti mutation. Agouti refers to the ticking of each individual hair. In certain light, the pattern still shows up because the background color is less dense than the colour of the markings. So-called black tigers are due to pseudo-melanism.
Can Lions be black?
Ethiopian lions, known for their unusually black manes, were feared extinct until a population of around 50 were rediscovered in 2016. Because few scientists have studied these big cats, it’s unclear if they—and another group of a hundred or so lions across the border in Sudan—represent a separate subspecies.