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Why is the white tiger white?
An unusual tiger!
The white tiger has a genetic peculiarity called leucism. This is a deficiency in melanin (a natural pigment), which causes the colouration of its coat. Although leucism and albinism may appear similar, they are not the same. Unlike the orange coat of other tigers, the white tiger’s pale fur does not provide camouflage amongst the vegetation of the tropical forest, therefore greatly reducing its life expectancy in the wild. Being easily spotted by its prey and any potential predators, it is therefore exposed to danger and unable to feed.
The Beauval Nature association
For the past 10 years, the Beauval Nature association has joined forces with field workers to support them in their primary mission of species conservation. Beauval works closely with numerous conservation and research programmes around the world to study and protect endangered species. This everyday action takes place in order to protect our biodiversity.
Beauval’s white tigers
Following the arrival of white tigers at Beauval, many cubs have been born, starting with the offspring of the famous Gorby and Raïssa, then those of Sherkan and Chili, and most recently those of Jaipur and Shiva.
Once they have reached adulthood, these young tigers then leave Beauval to reproduce in other zoos.
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