Tiger Temple - Kanchanburi, West Thailand - Thailand.
While at the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple (Thailand) last year I was standing in the queue of people waiting to have their photos taken with the 10-15 tigers, on chains anchored to the ground, in the area in front of us while a western tour guide spoke about the history of the temple and its background. (They often employ westerners to speak to tourists to alleviate any language barrier).
Tiger Temple Thailand near Kanchanaburi. Many tourists asks if the tigers are drugged. The answer is: no! Tigers are cats. Also domestic cats sleep 16 to 20 hours a day. Cats are the most active.
A week-long operation to remove nearly 140 tigers from a temple in Thailand is finished, officials say, with animal abuse charges being filed.
This was the beginning of what is now the Tiger Temple. It seems that over the years the temple has been taken over by professional animal handlers and voluteers. There is a contingent of local handlers as well and I assume they have been trained by the Ex-pat handlers that I met. Monks are still involved but there are only 3 of them left who handle the tigers. In particular, I had a long.
On the second day of volunteering at Tiger Temple, the volunteers were taken to the head veterinarian’s office. Despite having more animals than many zoos, in addition to the 122 tigers (as of August 2013), Tiger Temple only has one general practitioner veterinarian on staff at the facility, unless there happens to a be a volunteer who is a vet at any given time.
Tiger Temple is a Tiger Business. And a shady one at that. The money tourists give goes first and foremost into building this big Vatican-like Buddhist temple out front. The “tourist donations” don’t help tigers in the wild, and if anything, falsely lead people into thinking they’re helping wild tiger conservation.
The closure of thailand's Tiger temple could, thankfully, mean the end of such pics. It’s time that tourists became more conscious consumers. Let’s be real. Tigers don’t really spontaneously pose for selfies, elephants aren’t generally seen letting people hitch a ride on their backs of their own free will and killer whales aren’t really known for their people skills. There are other.