About Rare Tiger Species - Snow Tigers

Rare Species Tiger - Snow Tigers

Snow Tigers

The Snow White tigers do not have any stripes. The White tiger has dark stripes all over its body like the Siberian tiger. The Snow White tigers do not have any stripes whatsoever. Their fur is simply white. They are sometimes also called the Ghost tiger.

A white variety of Tiger is sometimes seen, with the stripes very opaque, and not to be observed except in certain angles of light. Naturalist Richard Lydekker said that, "a White tiger, in which the fur was of a creamy tint, with the usual stripes faintly visible in certain parts, was exhibited at the old menagerie at Exeter Change about the year 1820." Hamilton Smith said, A wholly White tiger, with the stripe-pattern visible only under reflected light, like the pattern of a White Tabby cat, was exhibited in the Exeter Change Menagerie in 1820.", and John George Wood stated that, "a creamy white, with the ordinary tigerine stripes so faintly marked that they were only visible in certain lights." Edwin Henry Landseer also drew this tigress in 1824.

The modern strain of Snow White tigers came from repeated brother - sister matings of Bhim and Sumita at Cincinnati Zoo.

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