Monday, December 1, 2008

White Tiger

Printed in Singapore

Probably my favourite postcard in the series produced by the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. I ever had the opportunity to be standing right in front of this tiger separated by a very thick and secure glass panel. When it did a low growl, I can almost feel the power and naturally my body going in a retreat mode! Sheer power, I must say!
In the wild, Bengal White Tigers are found exclusively within South Asia, notably in India. Although Bengal tigers make up 60% of the world’s wild tiger population, individuals with white coats are indeed very rare. Only one White Tiger exists out of every 10,000 normal orange-coloured tigers. Despite greater awareness and concerted efforts to protect the tiger, their numbers are fast decreasing. Rapid deforestation has resulted in the destruction of the tigers’ habitat as well as the depletion of their prey. Killing of tigers for their body parts is another reason for the decline in their population. A report published by the World Wildlife Fund highlighted the possible extinction of tigers within a decade if inadequate conservation measures are taken to protect the tigers. This means that the majestic big cat might disappear from the face of the Earth within our lifetime!


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