White tiger

Celeste Mookherjee

Long Beach, United States

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Although I don’t like to see wild creatures captured or caged, I was torn when I encountered this tiger because I so admire the beauty of all cats, large and small. This white tiger at the Mirage in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) was much too beautiful to ignore as he met my gaze, and so here he is, a rare and endangered creature in the wild but well cared for in captivity. I pass no judgement on his current state but only share his beauty. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 263mm [527mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/5.6, 1/200 sec., ISO 200, interior lighting, handheld)

The white tiger is a subspecies of Bengal tiger. All tiger subspecies put together currently amount to around 3,200 endangered tigers remaining in the wild. The main reasons tigers are endangered – in most cases, critically endangered – are illegal hunting for their pelts, meat and body parts (used in folk medicines) as well as habitat loss that results from logging and other forms of forest destruction. (Source: All About Wildlife)
Views as of July 2016: 1702

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (February 2014)
Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (November 2013)

Co-winner of Dreaming of freedom challenge in Absolute Clarity group (May 2017)
Top 10 in “Find me a Tiger” challenge in Closeups in Nature group (May 2016)
Top 10 in “All About Animals” challenge in All About Challenges group (April 2016)
Top 10 in “Big Cats” challenge in Live, Love, Dream group (October 2014)
Top 10 in “Big Cats” challenge in Closeups in Nature group (October 2015)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Got a Tiger by the Tail” challenge in Eye Contact group (August 2015)
Top 10 in “Big Cats” challenge in Closeups in Nature group (July 2015)
Top 10 in “Jungle Theme” challenge in Decorative & Inspirational Pillows group (June 2015)
Top 10 in “Animal” challenge in Closeups in Nature group (March 2015)
Top 10 (3rd Place) in “The Eyes of the Tiger Looking at Me” challenge in Eye Contact group (August 2014)
Top 10 in “Tigers" challenge in Closeups in Nature group (June 2014)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “June Avatar – Best Animal" challenge in Top Photography (June 2014)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Striped Animals Looking at Me” challenge in Eye Contact group (June 2014)
Top 10 in “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” challenge in Eye Contact group (May 2014)
Top 10 in “Endangered Species” challenge in Weekly Theme Challenges (April 2014)
Winner of Tigers challenge in #1 Favorites group (April 2014)
Top 10 in “Big Cats and Almost Big Cats” challenge in Love These Creatures (March 2014)
Winner of “BIG Cats” challenge in #1 Favorites group (February 2014)
Top 10 in “The Eyes of the Tiger” challenge in Eye Contact group (December 2013)
Top 10 in “Mammal close up on face” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (December 2013)

Image of the Week in 1000 Plus (5 August 2016)
Featured in 1000 Plus (28 July 2016)
Featured in Weekly Theme Challenges (28 April 2014)
Featured in Everyday Life (2 March 2014)
Featured in Low Light Photography (2 March 2014)
Included in the Feature Gallery of Big Cats in Love These Creatures (1 March 2014)
Featured in Bicolor Beauties (24 February 2014)
Featured in Zingers (7 December 2013)
Featured in Closeups in Nature (3 December 2013)
Featured in Eye Contact (2 December 2013)
Featured in International Women’s Photography (2 December 2013)
Featured in The “X” Factor (29 November 2013)
Featured in Love These Creatures (27 November 2013)

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