How Many White Tigers Are Left In The World

The global population of white tigers is not well known. While there are breeding programs for tigers that serve research purposes, a large number of captive tigers are kept in facilities across Asia and the US, with estimates numbering around 8,000 in Asia and over 5,000 in the US

However, most of these tigers are not involved in conservation efforts for wild tigers, which number around 3,900 globally. 

Are White Tigers Endangered?

White tigers are not a threatened species, their distinct white coat is caused by a genetic mutation and therefore, does not require conservation efforts. 

However, the problem arises when captive facilities continue to illegally supply tigers, their parts, and products into the black market, thereby increasing the demand for tiger-related products which put wild tigers at risk. The reality of the situation is that as long as these illegal practices persist, wild tigers will remain in danger.

Inbreeding of White Tigers

A couple of years ago, breeding of white tigers by member zoos of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums was prohibited. With the recent understanding of the genetic mutation that causes the white coloration of the tigers, some individuals propose to continue breeding white tigers as it could be done without the negative effects of inbreeding and the health complications that often arise from it.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the status of white tigers as an endangered species is not a concern. However, the breeding and trade of white tigers in captivity can have a negative impact on wild tiger populations. They are not a separate tiger specie, but their white color makes them unique and special.