White Bengal Tiger
Reddish orange with narrow black, gray or brown stripes. Under belly is cream or white. White Bengals are a variant with gray stripes and blue eyes. The Bengal tiger’s stripes help camouflage it from its prey. The cat’s large teeth provide a killer bite. Smaller prey (half the tiger’s body size) is usually killed with a bite to the nape of the neck. Larger prey is attacked with a bite to the throat. The white ear spots are hypothesized to help mothers and their cubs keep track of each other in the dim forest light. There are only approximately 3,000 Bengal tigers left in the wild. They are one of the largest of the big cats (amur tigers are the largest). Like other tiger species, Bengals like to swim to cool off. They can consume 40 pounds of meat in one feeding. A Bengal tiger can run after prey for great distances. It will drag the kill somewhere safe to eat. A tiger’s roar can be heard up to two miles away.
On exhibit beside Amur tiger: Female: Ivory