Because that's what white tigers do, even if it isn't their fault.Tiger (panthera tigris)
is an endagered
species with nine subspecies, three of which are extinct.Bengal tiger (panthera tigris tigris)
- Endangered with population of 1,165 to 1,657 individualsIndochinese tiger (panthera tigris corbetti)
- Endangered with population of 350 individualsMalayan tiger (panthera tigris jacksoni)
- Endangered with population of 493 to 1,480 individualsSumatran tiger (panthera tigris sumatrae)
- Endangered with population of 441 to 679 individualsSiberian tiger (panthera tigris altaica)
- Endangered with population of 331 to 393 individualsSouth China tiger (panthera tigris amoyensis)
- Critically Endangered with population of 20 individuals*in nature
Bali tiger (panthera tigris balica)
, Caspian tiger (panthera tigris virgata)
and Javan tiger (panthera tigris sondaica)
are extinct.White tigers
are not a (sub)species at all, nor they are albinos. The white colour variation is a mutation caused by a recessive allele. In nature, this variation is rarely occupied among Bengal tigers - only about every 15,000th tiger is white. As there is only little over thousand Bengal tigers left in the wild, the appearance of a white tiger is very unlikely in nature.
But how is that there are so many white tigers in captivity?
They're extremely inbred.
The origin of white tigers in captivity is one white male, captured as a cup. The zookeepers naturally wanted more white tigers and were disappointed when this didn't happen when breeding the male with a normal female. So they let the male breed with it's own daughter, and they got white cubs. All white tigers in the zoos of Europe and the USA are descendants of this couple.
The only real reason any zoo would keep white tigers is that they attract more visitors. White tigers in captivity are a line of continuous inbreeding, with the result of serious health problems.White tigers have no value in saving any tiger subspecies from extinction. With their beauty they're just stealing the spotlight from those who desperately need it - the healthy, purebred tigers we need to save.I want to thank *woxys
for informing me and many others about this. She was the first one from who I learned about the issue. Go see any of her white tiger photos for more information, or search the internet.
I hope people actually read this.
About the artwork itself... I had many ideas of which animals I could draw for the monthly theme of
and decided this one was important and a little more creative.
I'm very pleased with the card. Tigers are crazy to draw - their stripes give me a headache every time I draw them, but here they came out nicely [link]
micron liners, watercolour