The world’s only three remaining free-roaming white tigers were captured playing together.
Photographer Clint Ralph captured these stunning photos of a snow-white Bengal tiger family playing in the water at the Tiger Canyon reserve in Philippolis, South Africa.
One of his shots, taken last month, captures two distinctive big cats playing together in the water, while another shows the third perfectly reflected as it approaches the water.
“These are the only three free-roaming white tigers in the world,” said Clint, 55, from Pretoria, South Africa.
There are a few kept in zoos, but this mother and her two cubs live on a reserve where tigers may roam freely.
“I was relieved when I saw them.
“It was fantastic to watch and then photograph them playing in the water,” said Clint, who runs a recycling and waste management firm and has been photographing for five years.
“I was intrigued by the reserve, which is why I accepted the offer to come to photograph the tigers,” he said.
“It’s a remarkable and ambitious idea to create a sanctuary where tigers may run wild and h.u.nt their own prey,” he said.
“The goal is to create a gene pool outside of Asia as insurance for threatened species.”
“With the po.ac.hing and habitat loss, this initiative will hopefully assist in the increase of the world’s free-roaming tiger population.”