Chiang Mai, ThailandTiger Kingdom is an experience that comes with both joy and concern. Seeing animals in captivity is difficult at best, but as human habitation continues to take up the land that is habitat for the wild animals they continue to decrease in numbers and eventually many become extinct. Tiger Kingdom does not claim to raise tigers to release back to the wild. Their Tigers are domesticated ... raised by humans and would be unable to survive in the wild. The money they make from tourist is used to support the tigers and improve their facilities ... though I have to say some of the animals are kept in cages much too small for their needs. *See the Tiger Kingdom statement at the end of this post.
Over all there were no signs of abuse and the tigers seemed to be content to play with each other or lay quietly while humans snapped photos with them. It was an endearing experience to be so close to such a majestic animal and yet, I am left with mixed emotions. Are "zoos" to be the fate of our wildlife and if so what does that say about the human species. Very discouraging ...
This group of 2 year old Tigers were enjoying the pool and a romp with their peers.
The big pole the trainer is holding has a straw toy on the end of it which the tigers love playing with just as our cats at home play with hanging toys.
Dominance is a game I see played between my two boy cats at home ... and it seems to be the purpose of the play between these tigers as well.
After the cats played for awhile and finally started settling down, we were allowed to go in ...
and get close to the cats ... there are rules for our safety and believe me, we followed them :)
Doesn't he look like he is smiling?
Would that we could share the world with all living kind in a way that nature could reign supreme. The human species is bent on destroying everything in sight and, at some point, it will be at our own expense. Greed which seems to be part of the human existence perpetuates this behavior and for those who can't live without having more and more riches (wealth and power), they will be extinguished with the rest of us ... but they chose this path, we did not. We are many and they are few, so why arn't we using our power in numbers to stop their plunder.
*Tiger Kingdom Statement: