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White TigerThe white tiger is an endangered specie. They are very rare and can only be seen in zoos. As of June 1998, there were 30 white tigers in U.S. zoos that participated in SSP(Species Survival Plan). White tigers are fully grown at 2-3 years of age. Their tail is 3-4 feet long, which is about half the length of their body. Its coat lies flatter than that of the Siberian Tiger. This tiger is white with black stripes. Their stripes are like their fingerprints. No two animals have the same pattern.The territory in which the tiger lives can range from 10-50 square miles, depending on the resources available in the area. The white tiger can be ...view middle of the document...

Many people mistake the white tiger as being albino. They have icyblue eyes, a pink nose, creamy white fur and chocolate to black stripes. A white tiger can be born from a mating of two orange tigers carrying the recessive gene, known as a double recessive allele. A Bengal tiger with two normal allele, or one normal and one white allele is colored orange. Only a double dose of the mutant allele results in a white tiger.During the last 100 years, only about 12 such white tigers have been seen in India, resulting 1 in every 1,000. Poachers are what caused the white tiger to be endangered. Tiger?s body parts are sought for use in traditional Chinese medicine and exotic recipes. As well as their body parts, their coats can be sold for small fortune, so to many people this is the ideal animal to hunt if they want some fast money. Prices for a white tiger today start at $60,000. Various programs have been set up around the world to help the tiger population increase. Some individual groups that are actively involved areWWF-World Wide Fund for Nature.CITIES, the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora.Emergency Rapid Response FundThese groups are intensifying their activities involving the monitoring of illegal trade in tiger parts as well as stepping up their support to anti-poaching activities in tiger habitats.It is belief that if you are born in the Chinese year of the tiger you are unusually lucky. Lets hope that some of this luck rubs of on the white tiger before it?s too late.

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