Rare Golden Tiger In Kaziranga National Park : Image
A wildlife photographer captured a rare golden tiger in Kaziranga National Park (KNP).
- Golden tigers (also known as a golden tabby tiger) are a colour form, not a separate subspecies, like white and black tigers.
- They are exceptionally rare in the wild and even rarer in captivity.
- Golden tiger spotted in KNP are a color variation of Bengal tigers caused by a recessive gene called “wideband”.
- This gene affects the production of black pigments during the hair growth cycle.
- Tigers typically exhibit three colours: black, orange, and white. In the golden tiger, the black colour is absent, and the orange appears faded.
Kaziranga National Park:
- Formed in 1908 KNP is located in the edge of the north eastern part of the country in the district of Golaghat and Nagoan in the state of Assam.
- It was declared as a National Park in 1974.
- In the year 1985, the park was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was declared as Tiger Reserve in 2006.
- It is the single largest undisturbed and representative area in the Brahmaputra Valley floodplain.
- KNP has mainly four types of vegetation’ like alluvial inundated grasslands, alluvial savanna woodlands, tropical moist mixed deciduous forests, and tropical semi-evergreen forests.