A black tiger is a rare color variant of the tiger and is not a distinct species or geographic subspecies. Black Tigers are still spotted on very rare occasions. Their numbers are sliding fast, and only a handful of these ‘black tigers’ remain today. Back in 2006, the state housed about 45, and in 2015, the count was down to 28. Today, There are thought to be just six black tigers on the planet. ONLY SIX ON THE WHOLE PLANET! Black tigers are not a specific species but a color variant of the usual orange tiger. The creatures – known as melanistic tigers – are born with thick black stripes that cover their orange fur, making them appear completely black in some instances. Black tigers have even been reported to have smaller bodies than regular tigers, probably because of inbreeding. But this is not to say that these tigers are weak and cannot survive as well as the Bengal tiger.
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