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The white tiger is a recessive mutant of the Bengal tiger, which was reported in the wild from time to time in Assam, Bengal, Bihar and especially from the former State of Rewa.

Compared to normal coloured tigers without the white gene, white tigers tend to be larger, both at birth and as fully grown adults. Kailash Sankhala, the director of the New Delhi Zoo in the 1960s, said "one of the functions of the white gene may have been to keep a size gene in the population, in case it’s ever needed.
Dark-striped white individuals are well-documented in the Bengal Tiger subspecies, also known as the Royal Bengal or Indian tiger, and may also have occurred in captive Siberian Tigers, as well as having been reported historically in several other subspecies.
Currently, several hundred white tigers are in captivity worldwide, with about one hundred being found in India. Nevertheless, their population is on the increase. The modern white tiger population includes both pure Bengals and hybrid Bengal–Siberians, however, it is unclear whether the recessive white gene came only from Bengals, or if it also originated from Siberian ancestors.
The unusual coloration of white tigers has made them popular in zoos and entertainment showcasing exotic animals. German-American magicians Siegfried & Roy became famous for breeding and training two white tigers for their performances, referring to them as “royal white tigers”, the white tiger’s association with the Maharaja of Rewa.
Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh first observed male white tiger Mohan during his visit to Govindgarh jungle at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India. After hunting for months, he was able to capture the first living white tiger seen in nature. With help from official veterinary experts, he unsuccessfully tried to breed the white tiger with colored female tigers. Eventually, however, he succeeded in creating a second generation of white tigers. In time, it expanded around the world.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Laddie Halupa
    Laddie Halupaabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks so much for that Laddie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4uabout 3 years ago

    I watched a special about some Tigers in another country that they are going to do a program to help in their own habitat, since they now know they are also in some higher mountains next to where they know they inhibit. Beautiful animals.

  • The Tiger population is on the decline and it is a very sad situation. I think in the next generation or two the only place you could see them would be at zoos.Thanks for your comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 3 years ago

    oh hes so beautiful ! lovely shot Ralph

  • Thank you so much Elaine for the terrific comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on your feature.

  • Many thanks Judy for your comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...about 3 years ago


    Wildlife in White
    December 4, 2011

  • Thanks very much for the feature Darlene, much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseabout 3 years ago

    He seems to be enjoying himself, chilling out in that shady spot! By the look of him, he is still not fully grown. Adding him to my Favourites.

  • They are lovely animals Kathryn and the first time I’d seen a white one. Thanks for your comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • vette
    vetteabout 3 years ago

    Superb image Ralph, wonderful composition, focus and clarity. I have never seen a white tiger before, and it is most definitely one beautiful animal. Excellent capture. Susan

  • Thanks so much Susan for the lovely comment, I’m glad you were finally able to see a white tiger.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Patricia for the feature.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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