You can read the full article below. I just thought it such a pity that this collection had been sucked in by lies and propaganda.
"THERE are only about 200 white Bengal tigers left in zoos in the world, and about 50 of them are owned by private owners"
There are hundreds in other poor zoo collections around the world.
"They were part of a breeding and exhibit programme and were certified tigers from different bloodlines"
There is NO official breeding programme for this hybridised colour mutation.
"We have to sell it or exchange it with zoological institutions."
No reputable zoo would breed white tigers.
“There are zoos in South America and Colombia who have shown an interest in inquiring white Bengals, but they must all be zoo certified by the international institution,”
What 'International institution?'
It is all such a pity that the Emperor Valley Zoo has been ripped off
Read: White Tiger Breeding is Not Conservation
and now the article
Tiger ‘Rajasi’ is so royal
According to president of the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, Gupte Lutchmedial, Rajasi seemed to be coping well with her pregnancy.
Rajasi was acquired by the zoo along with her mate, Shere Khan, another white male tiger and a ginger female tigress, Destiny from Bester Birds and Animals Zoo Park, South Africa, last year.
They were part of a breeding and exhibit programme and were certified tigers from different bloodlines.
“She is quiet and calm. She seems confident in what she is doing. She has CCTV and is being observed 24/7 in her den where she is sleeping. We know she will make her babies in that den because they would normally find somewhere they could hide those babies away. Her enclosure is 125 feet long and 50 feet wide. Already her babies are being sought after.
“Someone wants to pay $100,000 for the babies, but we cannot sell the babies to private people. We have to sell it or exchange it with zoological institutions. The buyer said he was willing to get the necessary permits, but we are not allowed to sell private individuals unless they have all the permits and training and the training is the most important thing,” Lutchmedial said.
He said they were a “collector’s item” as they were rare, adding that they became a “genetic flaw of nature” when they turned white.
He said they had already invested a lot of money and had eight people who have trained with Bengal tigers.
“We have a large trained staff for when she gives birth. Tigers are solitary animals and they don’t really need help when they give birth, but in captivity should an emergency arise, there are people who are trained who know what to do. We have a qualified staff who know how to handle these things.
“The babies could be born dead, but we are sure they have developed well, they are a good size from the time she got pregnant that she will not have the babies earlier than expected, and she is going to full term,” Lutchmedial said. When the babies do get here, Lutchmedial said the zoo wants to keep at least one.
“There are zoos in South America and Colombia who have shown an interest in inquiring white Bengals, but they must all be zoo certified by the international institution,” he said.
Lutchmedial said in the wild, female tigers would let the strongest survive because they would have competition for the four teats (nipples). This was one when the strongest would survive.
“If for some reason she can’t feed that young one, or he is too weak, we would have to pull him and feed him with a special mixture and goat milk and so on,” he said.
At this time, Lutchmedial said Rajasi was doing exceptionally well. “At this time of pregnancy they usually stop eating, but she is eating. She welcomes the people who are working with her and she is showing all the signs that we expect a pregnant tiger to show. We are able to get close to her, and she has a healthy appetite,” Lutchmedial said.