Rewa, a 1-year-old extremely rare white Bengal tiger insured by Lloyd's of London, was unveiled to the public Friday at the Hogle Zoo on loan from the Cincinnati Zoo.
Rewa tips the scales at 200 pounds and is 28 inches tall from the top of his sinewy shoulders to pink paws. When he stands on his feet, Rewa approaches 8 1/2 feet tall. He choked down a big ball of fortified meat in front of admirers.Only 72 white tigers exist in captivity in the world, while fewer than 250 Bengal tigers exist in captivity. Due to the loss of habitat, the number of Bengal tigers in the wild may be as low as 3,000 and the animals are on the endangered species list, officials said.
Hogle Zoo director LaMar Farnsworth said the arrival of Rewa caps off two years of negotiations to "borrow" the unique cat from its permanent home in the Cincinnati Zoo.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to have such a unique and enchanting animal on display," Farnsworth said. "Rewa provides the public an uncommon opportunity to see an extremely rare tiger."