The Rare White Bengal Tigers

How being "special" has affected these beautiful animals...

Habitat

(Buzzle)


Location:

- Most of the tiger population resides

in the forests of India

- Bangladesh is home to the second

highest population of the tigers

- Northwest Myanmar

- Nepal

- Bhutan


Terrain:

- Tropical forests, mangrove swamps, moist jungles

- Generally support dense vegetation and

have a good source of fresh water


Living Areas/home:

- In area from 10-30 sq. miles

- Area has enough prey, shelter,

and water for survival (depends on food availability)



Food

Carnivore


Food:

In the wild~

  • larger/medium sized animals
such as wild boar, deer, water buffalo, and goats

  • the tigers hunt in their environmental habitats
  • sometimes the Bengal white tigers enter villages to kill and eat livestock (because of the decrease of space due to human settlement)

At the zoo~

  • chickens, horses, kangaroos, pigs


- After eating a big meal of 40 pounds of

meat at a time, tigers don't need to eat for several days


Predators:

  • Humans have hunted and captured
them for their beauty
  • the tigers have lost a lot of its
historical range because of deforestation

(for both: growing human settlement and agriculture)


(Buzzle and WIKI)

Description

Classification:

- Mammal (WIKI)


Special Body Covering:

- White fur with faint grey-ish stripes (rare)


Size:

- females can grow to a length of 5-6 ft.

and a height of 2.5 ft.; they weigh approximately 250-450 lbs


Communication:

- purr when they are happy/hurt

- roar

- use their tails

- make visual markings like scrapes

on the ground and bark of trees


Unusual Characteristics:

has rare fur type:

- The fur can only be white if both parents

have the gene for white coloring. The coloring

only shows up, once in every couple hundred

to a thousand births in the wild.


(WIKI and yahoo answers)


Reproduction

- A male white Bengal tiger can reproduce after the age of 4–5 years of age, and females at 3–4 years.

- The cubs are born blind and weigh around 1-3 lbs.

- The cubs live on milk for 6-8 weeks, then the mother takes them to kill and feed.

- They don't start killing on their own until they're 18 months of age.

- Mothers keep their young for 2-3 years, until the young could feed themselves.


(Buzzle)

Life Span

- The life span of tigers in the wild is thought to be about 10 years. Tigers in zoos live twice as long.

- a white tiger that is captured as a cub and put into captivity can live to the age of about 20. In the wild, the life span may be approximately 12 to 15 years.



Adaption

Adaptations for Protection:
  • Their coat protects them in cold and hot weather.
  • Bengal tigers are excellent swimmers.
  • Plus they have a strong sense of smell, and their eyesight is rather sharp.
Structures:
  • White tigers have extremely strong jaws and teeth, which are very helpful in catching their prey.
  • The stripes on the tiger's body help them to become invisible in the tall grass and trees.
Behaviors:
  • They use their claws and tail in ways to communicate
  • Each tiger marks its territory with urine and claw marks on trees.


Reasons For Endangerment

- The white tigers are just normal Bengal tigers with leucistic.

  • it results in reduced pigmentation (not albinism)

- The white color is a disadvantage and

therefore many are killed by predators whilst young.

- Humans hunt for their skins and body parts (medicine)

- Humans destroy their natural habitats

and deplete their prey species.

- The more endangered the species becomes,

the less chance there is of the leucistic

individuals occurring and surviving.


(yahoo answers; author:leolupus)

Critical Information

What is currently being done:

- Project Tiger was initiated in 1972

to bring some tiger conservation plans

into action. The main aim was to protect

the Bengal Tigers living in certain areas of India.

-The reserves have the responsibility of

maintaining natural environments where the tigers lived.

- satellite data will be used to keep and

eye on the tiger population and habitats


What you can do:

- show awareness and spread the knowledge

to everyone, that way the tigers will be saved

- donate to some productive causes


(wiki answers)

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