National Geographic : 1961 May
CHINA ini Ka mIur Aafa ba WHITE TIGERS Govndgarh --derab1 1 N Madras EYLON ©N.G .S . Wide forests of Rewa serve as a breeding ground for one of the rarest of all cats, the white tiger. Captive beasts live in a palace at Govindgarh. The town of Rewa served as capi tal of a onetime princely realm that now owes al legiance to the Republic of India. Snarls frozen, eyes glazed, mounted tigers adorn the throne room of the Maharaja of Re wa. One at right is white. Legacy of grandeur, a state coach parades before Rewa's pink palace. The Maharaja (left) and author Reed ride thronelike seats in a custom-made Daim ler with a Rolls-Royce-type grill; photog rapher Abercrombie drives. Metal ser pent on the fender houses the car's horn. Dr. Reed, a veterinarian by profession, became interested in zoo animals after being named to the Mayor's Zoo Com mission in Portland, Oregon, in 1951. The interest led him four years later to the National Zoological Park in Washington, D. C., where he served as zoo veterinar ian. In 1958 he became director.