‘White Tiger’ Spotted in Nilgiris (Download PDF)


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Rare ‘white tiger’ with a pale skin colour was spotted for the first time in the Nilgiris. The tiger spotted in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is albino but was white with golden brown patches.

Location of White tiger Distribution in the Wild

Location of White Tiger Distribution in the Wild

Location of White tiger Distribution in the Wild

Natural Polymorphism

  • Occurrence of two or more clearly different morphs or forms with morphs occupying same habitat at the same time.
  • Genetic mutation among tigers changes an amino acid responsible for the normal colour being formed, resulting in “natural polymorphism”. White tigers lack pheomelanin responsible for the red-yellow hue in the skin coat.
Information About Orange Tiger &White tiger

Information About Orange Tiger &White Tiger

Information About Orange Tiger &White tiger


Disease- congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence coloration pigment

White Tigers in India

  • White tigers are predominantly found in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.
  • World’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • First white tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s was spotted in Vindhya region in 1915
  • In 1951, a white tiger cub captured by Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh.
  • White tigers in India are nothing but a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger.
  • Reported in the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar.
  • Have white fur because of the lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which is found in Bengal tigers with orange colour fur.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2017


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