About this artwork
Royal White Tiger
Names: Narayana Shankar
Species: Panthera Tigris
Organization: T.I.G.E.R.S. The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, South Caroline, US
Keeper: Dr. Bhagavan "Doc" Antle
The overwhelming majority of the captive tiger has been bred without regulation and has often, as in this case, been used to produce hybrids as theme park attractions. As such hybridization would never occur in the wild, questions must be raised about any possible benefits that this crossbreeding brings. Regulations set by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the United States control the separation of closely related species to ensure that hybridization does not occur, but these do not apply in privately owned zoos.
According to his website, "Doc" Antle's aim is to use the tigers, tiger hybrids, and their other color variants, as well as the interactive nature of his zoo, to raise awareness about unchecked decline of wild tiger populations.
excerpt from : Tim FLACH, "More Than Humans"