Origin of the white tigers of the world

May 05, 2020

Destinations :: Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh has a history of being the abode of white tigers. All the sightings have been recorded only here. Although no white tigers have been reported from the wild in the last 50 years, as many as 8 sightings were recorded in the first half of the 20th century.


In 1951, Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa captured an orphaned white tiger cub in Bandhavgarh. He domesticated this male white tiger and named him Mohan. The Maharaja was also able to successfully breed white tigers in Rewa and export the cubs to other countries. As a result, all white tigers in captivity today are Mohan's descendants. The species has thrived in captivity, with a number of specimens related to Mohan finding homes in zoos and circuses all over the world. 'Mohan' has been kept for display, stuffed and mounted, at the Baghel Museum. Mohan was the last white tiger spotted in the wild.