BENGAL TIGER (panthera tigris)
WHITE TIGER (panthera tigris)
Habitat: Asia – From the Caucasus across Asia to eastern Siberia and south to the forested areas of China, India, and the Malay Peninsula.
Diet: Deer, antelope, and wild boar
Gestation: 105 days
Height: 30 to 36 inches at shoulder
Weight: 320 to 600 pounds
The tiger is the largest of all the great cats.Its natural coloration makes it extremely difficult to see in it native habitat. Adult Bengal Tiger males and females maintain and patrol large territories, which they defend, from other tigers. Bengal Tiger are solitary, unless accompanied by young cubs or a pair in active courtship. The tiger is nearing extinction in all of its natural habitat.
Poaching, habitat destruction due to population growth, and the scarcity of natural prey is all contributing to the eventual demise of this beautiful animal. Whenever human populations come into conflict with large predators, the great cats are the losers. The white tigers seen at the Natural Bridge Zoological Park are not albinos, but are a color mutation of the normal tiger pattern. Our zoological park does very selective breeding and only produces tiger cubs when there is a request for them from a federally licensed facility. Zoological parks may serve as a potential reservoir for breeding tigers if they are unfortunately killed out in their natural habitats.