Although there are only a couple hundred white tigers in the world, they are not necessarily considered endangered because they are not their own species. A white tiger is actually the product of two Bengal tigers that have a recessive gene for white fur. There are few white tigers in the world because the mating of two tigers with such genes is statistically rare in the wild.Know More
Most white tigers are bred in captivity by breeders who are trying to create a white tiger. Breeders like white tigers because of their popularity with people, but in order to create a white tiger, breeders have to inbreed for generations. This inbreeding causes a great deal of birth defects and problems like cleft pallets and mental issues.
In the wild, white tigers are rare. Records from India suggest that only 12 wild white tigers have been spotted in the country during a 100-year span. This number indicates that there is roughly one white tiger for every 10,000 orange tigers.
The first case of someone capturing a white tiger was in 1915, and that tiger was kept by the same owner until he died. In 1951, another white tiger was captured, and he was bred numerous times. All of the white tigers currently in captivity are related to this tiger.Learn more about Large Cats
Tigers are endangered because of climate change, loss of habitat and poaching. Most of the reasons tigers are on the endangered species list are tied to human interference. The overall combined population of all five tiger species is between 3,000 and 5,000, according to National Geographic.Full Answer >
Tigers are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, a global organization that researches wildlife populations and grants endangered status. As of 2010, there are approximately 3,000 tigers left in the wild.Full Answer >
Tigers are an endangered species due to loss of habitat, climate change, conflicts with humans and poaching. As of 2014, only 3,000 to 4,500 tigers remain of the 100,000 that existed in the early 1900s.Full Answer >
Bengal tigers are endangered mainly because of habitat loss due to human development and climate change. Habitat loss also means loss of prey and poaching is a danger to both Bengal tigers and their prey animals.Full Answer >