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AZA policy on white lions and tigers

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by TinoPup, 20 Mar 2018.

  1. TinoPup

    TinoPup Well-Known Member

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    The AZA released their white paper on the breeding and keeping of white lions and tigers (and king cheetahs) in 2011. Since that time, quite a few zoos have still produced cubs, either by breeding two cats that are known to carry the recessive genes or by outright breeding white animals, like Toronto did. I've also come across a few smaller zoos that are leasing animals from breeding facilities that include a wealth of false information on their websites and take poor care of their animals (based on photos, etc.)
    Does the AZA actually enforce their own policy?

    https://www.speakcdn.com/assets/2332/aza_white_paper_inbreeding_for_rare_alleles_18_jan_2012.pdf