‘Goldie’ – The Golden Tiger
The Golden Tiger or Golden Tabby Tiger is a very rare morph of a Royal Bengal Tiger. This occurrence is believed to be caused due to recessive genes in individuals, as a result of inbreeding.
In the wild, this is caused due to excessive inbreeding with fragmented population, caused by habitat destruction and loss of connectivity.
I was very lucky to photograph this female Golden Tiger in Kaziranga National Park, India. I have fondly named her ‘Goldie’ after 6 successful sightings of the individual.
This female Golden Tiger is the only recorded individual in the wild in the 21st Century. Earlier records are of 1900’s. No photographic records exist in the Wild. Golden Tigers can be seen in Zoos and breeding centres for Tigers, all across the World. But no verified records in the Wild exist.
I consider myself very fortunate that nature bestowed upon me with it’s best kept secret – the only ‘truly wild’ Golden Tiger.