Hawaiian tiger

White Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shadeWhite Bengal tiger, Tzatziki, rests in the shade

It’s Halloween, so I thought I should post something scary. Trouble is, there’s not a lot of scary stuff on the Big Island. Then I thought of the tiger I saw while out hiking one day.

Around this point is when I get an angry call from the Big Island tourist bureau, so I should clarify that my hike was through Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo in Hilo and the tiger is Tzatziki, a white Bengal tiger. Tzatziki is one of two tigers at the zoo. They arrived in March of 2016 as replacements for Namaste, another white Bengal tiger, who died in January 2014 at the age of 15.

Tzatziki is a reasonable choice for Halloween. He’s ghostly white and, as for scary, just imagine tumbling into the tiger enclosure. I suspect it would be a rapid transition from spectator to chew toy.

For more information about Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, go to hilozoo.org.

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4 thoughts on “Hawaiian tiger

      • I think we need zoos to respect and feel close to the amazing variety of exotic species on our planet. If you think about it, we humans were also “bred” in (societal) captivity :)) as were my horses — I’ve bred four generations now, who love their wonderful lives. Turns out zoo-keepers and horse-keepers take better care of animals than Nature herself, who can be quite cruel. :))

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