Let it snow!
White tigers, a fantastic beautiful animal ... but where do they come from? White tigers are not a particular species or breed. They do not come from a specific country or region. White tigers are really whims of nature. They happen to be born with a separate colour. They are not albinos because they don’t lack pigment and they do not have the pink albino eyes. White tigers have a very pale skin that is almost white. But the stripes are very dark brown, almost black. The eyes of the white tiger are light and their nose and pads under the legs are pink. They are very rare. Zoos and collectors highly appreciate the possession of such tigers. They were seen in the wild only occasionally. The white tiger is a rare pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in Assam, Bengal, Bihar and especially in the former State of Rewa.
The Siberian tiger is the largest living cat in the world. It is an animal with a rare grace and beauty. Unfortunately, he is just as rare in the wild so that the majority of these tigers live in zoos. The rare Siberian tiger does not live in Siberia, but in the Amur area, where there is snow most of the year. Since the Siberian tiger must be able to live at temperatures of minus 45 degrees Celsius, he has a denser coat, and longer hair than the other tigers. He is also the only tiger species that has one to five inches thick fat on his flanks and belly which protect him against the extremely low temperatures and icy winds. The Tigers have to eat at least 9-10 kilos of meat daily to survive in this frigid climate. It is estimated that there are approximately between 430 and 500 of these mighty hunters in the wild. The most immediate threat to the survival of Amur tigers is poaching to supply demand for tiger parts for use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Sleeping: sometimes it seems that cats can't think of anything else! Cats are known for their sleep talent. Contrary to what we believe, the cat is not a nocturnal animal. Cats sleep during the day, but also during a large part of the dark hours. Wild cats hunt several times a day for a prey. The rest of the time they rest to digest the food or to save energy for the next hunt. Cats have a fragmented sleep pattern. Where people sleep once a day in a continuous phase (monophasic), the cats' sleep is polyphasic. This means that they sleep in multiple parts during a period of 24 hours. Most cats sleep 16 to 18h per day. During their sleep, they sleep about 7 min deep, for the remaining time they rest with their eyes closed, and remain vigilant. Cats can also keep their ears upright while they have their eyes firmly shut. Thus, they are in deep sleep while they appear to be vigilant. This snow leopard seemed deep asleep, until he heard the click of my camera.
If looks could kill
I'm pretty sure if looks could kill I'd be dead in a heartbeat. For this cat, I'm just a snack....
The Amur leopard is the most endangered and rare cat species in the world. It is estimated that there are only 30 to 50 Amur Panthers living in the wild. Amur leopards are threatened by poaching, encroaching civilization, new roads, exploitation of forests and climate change. They are classified as Critically Endangered since 1996.
These beautiful and powerful beasts were prominent in ancient Native American cultures. In some traditions the Jaguar God of the Night was the formidable lord of the underworld. The name jaguar is derived from the Native American word yaguar, which means "he who kills with one leap."
The black leopard, also called panther is an agile and stealthy predator. The black panther is actually a colour deviation of the spotted panther. But if you look at a black panther on a sunny day, you can clearly see the standard staining pattern.
The white lion is not a distinct subspecies, but a special morph with a genetic condition, that causes paler colouration to that of the white tiger; the condition is similar to melanism, which causes black panthers. They are not albinos, having normal pigmentation in the eyes and skin. White Transvaal lion individuals occasionally have been encountered in and around Kruger National Park and the adjacent Timbavati Private Game Reserve in eastern South Africa, but are more commonly found in captivity, where breeders deliberately select them. The unusual cream colour of their coats is due to a recessive gene. Reportedly, they have been bred in camps in South Africa for use as trophies to be killed during canned hunts, a horrible money making industry.
Wild but Cute
Some people keep them as pets
Cougars are slender and agile members of the cat family and can be almost as large as jaguars. It is the second heaviest cat in the Western Hemisphere, after the jaguar. Solitary by nature and nocturnal, the cougar is most closely related to smaller felines and is nearer genetically to the domestic cat than true lions. Compared to "big cats", cougars are often silent, they cannot roar like a true lion. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have been trending upward in recent years as more people enter their territory.
This rare beauty is named Sapphire after the colour of his eyes. He used to work in a circus where he no longer complied. He is now living in a zoo where they hope he will prove a hit with the lady-tigers he will one-day breed with. I found this additional information on internet, source wikipedia: Sadly just 30 of these Golden Tabby tigers are known to exist on the planet and there are none left in the wild. India has records of wild golden tigers which date back as far as the early 1900s. There have been suggestions that the tendency for this coloration gradually developed in a small group of tigers. There are various theories on why the golden tabby tiger looks different, however, they remain unproven. It is assumed these tigers are mutants. Mutants are natural variations which occur due to "spontaneous" genetic changes OR the "expression of recessive" (hidden) genes. Recessive (hidden) genes show up when there is too much inbreeding. The last known wild golden tigers were shot outside of Mysore Pradesh, India in in 1932. Wild-born golden tigers might be disadvantaged as they are less well camouflaged than normal orange tigers. In the wild, nature selects against any trait which does not enhance the animal's survival chances.
snow leopard cub
That's our mom!