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SINGAPORE ZOO > WHITE TIGERS
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LOCATION:
Right after the zoo's main entrance, turn left.

DESCRIPTION:
The white tiger is a rare breed of its cat family. A South Asian origin, it actually resembles its Bengal counterpart, except that an atypical skin discolouration due to mutated genes distinguish itself from its common sibling. Such a rarity that the podium where the white tigers are on display seems to always be packed with visitors.

Since there is little to differentiate between a white tiger and a Bengal tiger, there should not be many trivia that we haven't heard of. In fact, if you look at my photos of the tigers, you can clearly see the pale orange color on their bodies. What makes a white tiger uncommon is that the gene that causes the discolouration is actually recessive, hence it needs the opposing gene to be recessive as well. Nonetheless, when that happens, a white tiger (or discoloured I must say) is born. Nonetheless, the ratio is unfortunately small, with an estimate of one white tiger for every 10,000 orange-coloured tigers out there.

If the Bengal tigers are considered to be endangered, more so are these white tigers which are already rarified by the statistics. There is an informative section at the podium where facts are displayed to get the message across the public on how important it is to preserve the white tigers.

MY VERDICT:
A rare display. Must see.

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