Golden Tabby Tiger

Tim Flach

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Golden Tabby Tiger

Names: Kanja, Mutkan

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

Website: www.myrtlebeachsafari.cpm


The wild population of tigers currently stands at approx. 3,000 (restricted to only 7% of their historical range) and the global captive population stands at approx. 15,000. However, of these, only 1,000 are from registered breeding programs and retain enough genetic viability to be consider candidates to boost wild populations.

The tabby is a deliberately bred variant. It often requires back-crossing - breeding closely related individuals to achieve a physical trait. The coloring is a natural mutation in the wild, but which has also been deliberately bred in zoos and private collections. Eventually, it was realized that this back-crossing and lack of genetic diversity could cause genetic problems, and many zoos have now stopped the practice, although some private zoos continue to perpetuate a tabby variant.

excerpt from : Tim FLACH, "More Than Humans"

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