White Tiger

  • White tigers in India are nothing but a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger.
  • In India, white tigers are predominantly found in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. 
  • In 2016, world’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The first white tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s was spotted in Vindhya region in 1915. However, the rare breed of the big cat spotted for the first time died in 1920.
  • In 1951, a white tiger cub named Mohan was captured by Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh.
  • Later the tiger cub became the progenitor of all known white tigers in the world after the Maharaja arranged for its breeding.
  • They have been reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar.
  • These tigers have white fur because of the lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which is found in Bengal tigers with orange colour fur.
  • Why in news? White Tiger spotted in Nilgiris.



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