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India's last captive white tiger 'Bajirao' dies

Published on May 08, 2019
The last captive white tiger at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali, Mumbai named Bajirao died due to old age related problems at the age of 18.
India's last captive white tiger 'Bajirao' dies

About the white tiger 'Bajirao':

  • He was born at the SGNP in 2001 to tigress Renuka and tiger Sidharth.
  • He suffered from chronic ankyloses (fusion of bones leads to abnormal stiffening and immobility of joint) on left shoulder and chronic senile generalised arthritis from past four years.

About White Tigers:

  • They are not a separate sub-species of tiger. They are basically a pigmentation variant of the Bengal Tiger.
  • Their white colour is due to lack of red or yellow pheomelanin pigment, and presence of unique recessive genes.
  • They are also called Bleached Tiger.
  • They have white to almost cream colored fur, pink nose, black/grey/chocolate colored stripes.
  • They were found in Madhya Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and in Sunderbans region.
  • Now there are no white tigers in wild as their entire population in the world lives in captivity.
  • The last white tiger reported in wild was captured in Rewa forest in Madhya Pradesh.

About Sanjay Gandhi National Park:

  • It is a protected area in Borivali suburb in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • It was earlier known as Borivali National Park.
  • It encloses two lakes namely Vihar Lake and Tulsi Lake and has a protected archaeological site, called 'Kanheri Caves' in its centre.


Q. Name the last captive white tiger of India who died at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali, Mumbai?
a. Tukarao
b. Shivarao
c. Bajirao
d. Ravirao

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