Is the white tiger going extinct?

Tia Kosmas, Staff Writer

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For a while breeders have been saying that the white tiger is an endangered species. They are not in fact endangered, the breeders and exhibitors just want to keep breeding the white tigers for money. There are  between 1 and 10,000 regular tigers, then a white tiger is born. White tigers are simply tigers that are born with white fur. It occurs in the wild possibly in as few as 1 and 10,000 wild tiger births. This is a very rare genetic mutation. White tigers are born only when two bengal tigers that possess a recessive gene (gene that affect the coat color) are bred together.  White tigers were once sold for a lot of money. Since breeders have produced so many the price has dropped drastically and they’re no longer as valuable in the wildlife trade.


Why should white tigers become extinct?

Some white tigers, when they are born, have crossed eyes or no upper lip.  This can be bad for their health. Many tigers must be inbred multiple times to get the one perfect white tiger.  The average number of cubs exhibitors want is 1 in 30. The other 29 cubs can be born deformed, or they’re considered the wrong color and euthanized or they die shortly after birth due to genetic defects.


     Facts About White Tigers

  • White tigers are really good swimmers.
  • Most white tigers have sapphire blue eyes but they can also be amber or green.
  • July 29th is global tiger day.
  • The tiger is the biggest species of the cat family.
  • Tigers can reach a length of up to 3.3 meters (11 feet) and weigh as much as 300 kilograms (660 pounds).
  • At the age of 2 or 3 years the white tiger is fully grown.
  • Many tigers must be inbred multiple times to get the one perfect white tiger.
  • The last known while tiger was shot dead in 1958.
  • White tiger cubs were once being sold for $50,000.
  • There are no white tigers in the wild.
  • The top speed of a white tiger is 96 km/h (60 miles per hour).
  • White tiger lifespan is between 10 and 20 years.
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