Children usually bond with household pets, residents at a petting zoo, classroom pets, and even the neighborhood cat, as these creatures spark a lifelong love of animals. However, encounters with wild animals can be extra-special and become a child’s treasured memory, especially with the magnificent white tiger characteristics. Seeing wild animals in nature opens up a whole new world of wonder which makes them curious about their appearance, behavior, lifestyle, and habitat. Read on to find more amazing White tiger facts and information for preschoolers.
White Tiger Lifespan and Appearance
The fascinating appearance of white tigers makes them look like mythical creatures. Here is some information about their appearance and lifespan.
- A subspecies of tigers, the white tiger is the pigmented variation of the Bengal Tiger.
- All white tigers have blue eyes with round pupils. Their eyes can be green and amber color as well.
- Due to their white coat, they are often referred to as bleached tigers—the color results from the genetic mutations that are part of their natural species diversity.
- The absence of pheomelanin, a pigment found in the normal orange tigers, results in white furs.
- It has grey and light brown stripes on a light cream-colored coat.
- Its distinctive coat pattern with stripes are like fingerprints, with no two tigers having the same pattern.
- As the white-and-black color of white tigers makes them stand out from their surroundings, they often fall prey to other carnivores or hunters.
- They have white-colored face fur and a rose pink nose.
- White tigers fully grow by 2-3 years.
- The white tigers live for around 10 to 20 years in the wild.
- The weight of a White male tiger can be between 200 to 230 kilograms. They grow up to 9.8 ft. in length.
- The average length of a male white tiger is about 8-10.2 feet, while the female tiger measures between 7.1 to 8.5 feet.
- White tigers are bigger from birth and continue that pattern into their adult years.
- As per the recent breeding records of 1700 Bengal Tigers kept in Indian zoos, the mortality and longevity rates of orange and white tigers are the same.
White Tiger Behavior and Lifestyle
White tigers are incredibly quick, agile, and very capable swimmers, allowing them to cross boundaries such as rivers and moats. However, they are very poor climbers. Some interesting facts about their behavior and lifestyle:
- White tigers are crepuscular – they hunt primarily in the morning and evening.
- They stalk their prey in the night by approaching it quietly and attacking by surprise.
- The white tigers prefers to live in its territory that covers a radius of 10-30 sq miles.
- As white tigers swim well, they can kill their prey even while swimming.
- They sleep for about 16-18 hours per day.
- Their speed can go up to 50-60 km per hour.
- The male white tiger might share several women Tiger’s territory for mating.
- White tigers are more muscular, stronger, and more aggressive than Orange Tigers.
Reproduction of White Tiger
Reproduction between white tigers is slightly different from how similar animals generally reproduce. Here are some fun facts:
- Specific recessive genes of two Bengal Tigers combine for a white tiger to be born.
- Male and female white tigers get attracted to one another by their roars and scent marks. A white tigress reaches the age of sexual maturity in around 3 to 4 years.
- The gestation period of a White Tigress is for three and a half months, and approximately 5 cubs are born at a time.
- The cubs are incubated within her uterus and are nourished through the umbilical cords. They are born live. The cubs are born in a secluded den that the mother prepares for them.
- Crossbreeding Bengal tigers with Siberian tigers increases the odds of producing white cubs.
- All white tigers are inbred within the family members and are not purebred.
White Tiger Diet
White tigers are carnivores that eat only meat by hunting other animals. Some interesting facts about their diet:
- It mostly eats plant-eating herbivores found in the forest and its outskirts. Langur monkeys, goats, buffaloes, wild boars, and deer are some animals they usually kill.
- It can eat about 18kg of meat at one go and will hunt again after a few days of feasting.
- The diet of a Captive white tiger includes chicken, horse meat, or kangaroo meat.
- Due to their large size, they use their weight to throw down their prey and bite its neck to kill it. They have formidable and retractable claws that help to capture and hold on to their prey.
- In the case of the unavailability of herbivores, they may also hunt leopards, young wolves, young elephants, and rhinoceros.
White Tiger Habitat
White tigers in the jungle share their habitat with the orange Bengal Tigers. Some more interesting habitat facts are:
- Their habitat depends upon the animals it usually hunts and eats in the forest.
- Abundant food, water, and trees make up the best habitat for white tigers. The grassy areas and their stripes help give them some camouflage!
- Like all Bengal tigers, white tigers used to live in the wild in Asia, particularly in countries like India. They now live in captivity, which helps to keep them protected.
- White tigers cannot survive in snow.
- No known white tiger exists in the wild anymore. They are all found in captivity, mainly in zoos, circuses, rescue sanctuaries, and places designated for animal display.
- White Tigers have no natural predators; humans hunt them for exotic skin color, trophy hunting, traditional medicine, exotic pet trade, and habitat destruction.
Other Fun Facts About White Tiger for Children
Some fun facts about white tigers in detail:
- Besides the Bengal tiger, the white tiger is believed to be the world’s second-largest tiger species after the Siberian tiger.
- Uncontrolled trophy hunting, loss of habitat, and habitat fragmentation are the reasons for the extinction of wild white tigers and the dramatic decline in wild tigers in general.
- White tigers have enzymes in their fur which react to temperature, causing them to grow darker in the cold.
- The white tiger has cultural significance as well. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. Also called the White Tiger of the West, the animal is known as Baihu in Chinese, Byakko in Japanese, Baekho in Korean, and Bạch Hổ in Vietnamese. White tiger represents the west in terms of direction and the autumn season.
- The earliest record of the existence of white tigers was put on display at the Exeter Exchange in 1820 in London.
- The inbreeding of white tigers in strict captivity often cause certain genetic issues, like Down syndrome, scoliosis, cleft palates, mental impairments, and cross eyes.
- Only 12 white tigers were seen in the wild throughout the twentieth century.
- White tigers are bred only for entertainment and not for conservation purposes. Thus, The American Zoological Association (AZA) believes that these cats should not be bred and directs AZA-accredited zoos against breeding.
Teaching wildlife conservation through fun and interactive education can be a first step towards protecting the natural landscapes that wildlife needs to survive. The growing awareness of white tigers can make them more appreciative of the natural world and sensitive towards their friends and family. Many conservation biologists are trying to protect wildlife so that kids can live in a world where animals like white tigers still exist. Thus, learning about biodiversity and sharing what they know with their friends can enhance their emotional development and build their social skills.