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White tigers themselves aren't that rare. What's rare about King is that he doesn't have any defects, unlike many white tigers in captivity. All captive white tigers descend from one male white Bengal, hence the genetic defects suffered by many.

King-Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris tigris
June 8, 2009
"Jungala"
Busch Gardens Africa
Tampa Bay, Florida
Edits: border, adjust curves, adjust saturation
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
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Kyuubi0017 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing shot when I took a photo of this guy he was drinkin water XD he rly is beautiful though
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Thanks!
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Kyuubi0017 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner May 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's such a shame that people continue to breed them like they do. Should've been titled "Rare" Specimen instead. xP
Nonetheless, a very beautiful photo, and wonderful quality. The two times I went to Busch Gardens, it was really hard to get good pictures of the tigers because the were always running around. xD Is it just me, or does he look sad? Probably just sleepy.
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RoxMad Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
It is really sad how people continue to get away with this.

Yeah, they sure like to play a lot! King had just taken a little nap, so he probably was feeling a bit sleepy. :)

Thanks for the comment!
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is. I've only known about that for three months now. That's why I decided never to go to Busch Gardens after the second time. Even though I adore Bala. :( Worse yet, Animal Planet recently honored a theme park in Australia as "Green Heroes" because they're breeding orange and white tigers (and getting white cubs). Supposedly they're "saving the species". :P

The only good ones I got of any of the white tigers were a few of Lanie and Bala together. But then again, kids were banging on the glass so no wonder they were so worked up. :disbelief:
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RoxMad Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Busch Gardens doesn't breed tigers. Lanie, King, Bala, Bhutan, Jamoki, Jafari, and Khana all came from other places. I'm sure Nepal, Charisse, and Havar did, too. The keepers will tell you about white Bengal inbreeding if you ask them. They have nothing to hide; don't feel guilty about giving your money to those parks. ;)

The tigers at BGA are really active; odds are that they weren't worked up by the kids. I think they are quite used to it.
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's nice to know. :) But I still don't think it looks good to have white tigers on display, even if they did rescue them. They should have some info about that posted somewhere (or do they?).

The second time we went, there was some lady complaining about how she's never seen Bala that worked up before (running around and such), like she was some kind of expert or something. :P Perhaps I haven't gone as many times, but she didn't seem anxious to me. *shrugs* You're probably right.
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RoxMad Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
They can't really rescue the tigers and not put them on display. It's not practical to have two expansive habitats for the tigers; one in view and one hidden. They don't have a post, but they have a video in the "Tiger Lodge" that talks about most of the tigers and it does mention their problems, just not where they came from.

I don't know, there are plenty of people that can recognize an animal, come 5 or 6 times, think they know the animal's personality and get freaked out when it acts differently than the personality they've painted in their head. The truth is, guests don't know the animals; the keepers do. Many guests find this hard to understand (take a look at the multitude of people who believe they understand exactly what Tilikum the orca was thinking, the majority of whom have never seen him in "whale") because the thought of "knowing" a wild animal can really inspire people. The best thing to do is talk to keepers if there is anything that bothers you. Odds are, the lady probably knew very little about tiger behavior in general. What Bala was doing may have been normal for tigers, but not her conception of "Bala." I also know that there are a few tigers there that don't get along and stalk each other at the windows. I didn't know Bala to be one of them, but she can be a spunky girl; I've seen her in training sessions.
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WatarimonoNoToukon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is true, it can be see either way. It could be seen as putting them on display to educate people about their plight, or it can be seen as exploitation. No one can really know. Though having a white tiger emblazoned on all their billboards sends mixed messages. But personally, I think it's highly unlikely that Busch Gardens would have them just to exploit them. They're like most zoos; I honestly don't see zoos as exploiting animals purely for money at the animal's expense. Saying things like "it's torture" is being very obstinate, because clearly whoever says that doesn't know what torture means. I really think zoos and places like Busch Gardens are an excellent place to educate people about the animals they share their world with, and Busch Gardens should really have more than just a video mentioning that in passing. I didn't even notice a video.

I wanted to say something, but I decided not to, since I am no expert either. It's true, you can never really "know" an animal. The same way you can never really "know" a person. Everyone has their quirks, and no one can know you better than yourself. We had a very long discussion in class about this after reading In Cold Blood, but I don't care to bring that back up, as you can imagine. xP

Hm, all this talk makes me feel like writing. I think I'll write a letter to BG and see if I can't get them to put out more information on the cats. If not, it was worth a try.
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
I agree about the white tiger stuff all in their gift shops. Unfortunately, they have to make money, too, and white tiger merchandise sells really well. My white tiger photos get tons more attention than normal, beautiful orange bengals. Unfortunately, it's just what people like. The letter sounds like a good idea, though!
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ibjennyjenny Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Photographer
Your work has been Featured [link]
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Thanks so much for the feature! I'm so glad you have such a passion for this species and that getting an image like that out there means more awareness of the plight of these amazing animals.
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CyberTiger88 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Cutteh! :3
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Thanks...anything about the photo?
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CyberTiger88 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Well taken. The tiger is a bit young and looks bored. XD

I'm curious... After looking for a while on your gallery I see most of the shots of the felines (the group of animals I can interpret the body language better) are all with "annoyed" faces, angry or submissive (in general, ears turned backwards).
Is your camera noisy? XD
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Still about the subject, not the photograph, but ok.

King is almost three years old. I can assure you that these tigers are very happy where they are. Ears turned backwards can also indicate relaxation or listening to something behind them or in another direction. The ears are also back when yawning, as noted on my other photo that you labeled as "annoyed." When the ears are actively plastered backwards, that indicates aggression or submission. You may notice this same thing on "up" eared dogs and horses. Dogs such as huskies and German Shepherds have to put their ears in a forward position to indicate interest or other emotions. Horses are the same as well. When relaxed, their ears may fold backwards or fall to the side a bit, which some may interpret as "pinned ears." However, unlike horses, tigers don't just turn back their ears to indicate aggression or submission. Other, more obvious body gestures and eye contact are used as well, since the ears are not as vital in communication. However, the tigers, since the live unnaturally in groups, do have dominance hierarchies. Animals such as King may show more submissive postures when around an animal like Bhutan, who is more dominant and, in some of my recent pictures, was driving King away. In what photographs do the animals look upset? I am sure that I have never even seen an angry big cat.
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CyberTiger88 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Yay! Someone who knows about felines as much as I do, if not more! =^_^=

Good point, the ears were up, not down. Well, in the other photo in question I thought he was doing some noise with the mouth, it was partially open. I was curious because most of the... let's say "gallery of tiger photos" I see over the internet, most of the pictures shows ears pointing forward, or a bit to the sides, but in the case of your gallery, a considerable ammount were with the ears pointing backwards, or side-backward. I asked if your camera is noisy because you took a photography of a tiger from behind with the ears to the backwards also, assuming he heard the "click" of the machine. XD (Nice photo BTW, nobody takes from that angle assuming that always you should take a photo of the face)

The presense of other tigers also seems to play a role. Well, I can see only what's on the photo! XD Also I can't percieve the body position precisely in all of them...

Oh well, I don't know for sure which picture of ears pointing backwards would be. Well, you got a snarl once, that could count as "angry", just not furious.

Well, in places like zoos the animals sometimes don't have a good quality of life, more because the bothersome people who goes to them expecting to be served by the appearance of every animal. So they yell, knock the glass, just for the sake of seeing the animal, without percieving the actual condition of it: trying to sleep peacefully at daytime, what it's supposed to be doing at that time. XD
Doesn't seem to be the case on the pictures after a second look, but it's not everyday that you wake up in a good mood.

Oh! Sorry, you seem to dislike almost meaningless comments about your photosgraphs, exactly like I did! ^^'

Sooo... Well. The photograph is... nice! Excelent quality of image, besides the camera model helps a lot. Nice illumination, and the pose is fine. I can't say much about this picture, it's just ok as a professional picture (ISO 400 and not a single trace of blur, something I couldn't do that easly without a tripod... XD), also there's nothing in awesome on it, like would be taking a shot of a tiger jumping (Yep I saw that one you took! XD) or other tricky pose/position. I think something important is also WHEN to take the photo.
For example: [link] . Besides the overall quality is bad, it's an amazing shot! I've never seen a tiger in that pose (in a photo)!

And sorry if I sounded sarcastic, I know I use a lot of XDs. XD
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
It's no trouble at all. Sorry if I seemed a bit...jumpy...it was late when I replied to your comment. I don't want you to think that BGA is a place where the tigers are angry, unhappy, or teased. If you ever get the chance to visit any Anheuser-Busch park, you'll find the animals in stellar condition and excellent care. In addition, the design of the parks allows guests to get up close to the animals without upsetting them.

I forgot about that picture of Bhutan, lol. That was taken the opening day of Jungala and he kept baring his teeth at the woman next to me for whatever reason. He's a young, fiesty boy, and he and his sister were intrigued by the flow of guests into their world. Florida can get quite hot, so I think they leave their ears down to remove surface area that can absorb heat. :)

I appreciate any comments about the subject of the photo, as long as you provide some solid critique about the photograph as an artistic piece as well. I'd be happy to discuss the individuals or tigers in general once you've said something about the photo. So thank you for the comments on the photo and your comments about the tigers. :D
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CyberTiger88 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Heh! Fine! I'm used to comment drawings mostly, so "cutteh" is a valid critique, as being succefull in drawing the desired expression. XD

I enjoy taking photos too, besides I own an amateur camera. XD (Canon A470, not that bad tho.)

I study felines for fun, I'm about to get a major in "computer stuff", almost tottaly unrelated. XD I'm feline addicted my entire life. XD

I wish I could see these wonderfull wild animals at live, but I live far away from anything. =\ So I stay here downloading whole galleries of tigers. XD (I stopped for a while or my HD wouldn't survive. XD)
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Agreed. I used to draw myself and cute is most definitely a valid comment. :)

Canon cameras are really great. I've used a Canon point-and-shoot before and they work really well.

Really? There's no zoo near you?
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