Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Page 69b, Chon Buri Province, Chonburi, Thailand
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Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand

Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, Page 69c, Chon Buri Province,Chonburi, Thailand

The Crocodile was the first show I called in at. This show seems to follow most crocodile shows in Thailand, I guess there is only so much you can do with a crocodile when you are in the show area with them. A first for me was a Thai girl taking part in the show. She was dressed in blue while the men dressed in the usual red garments. I could not quite understand the significance of this but she seemed happy. This show area was packed with visitors, it was good to see so many people enjoying their day out. You can tell this is a busy Zoo, because the height of this arena area was much taller than most other Crocodile shows. It was quite a climb to get to the top, but it did make for better views.

It is claimed that this Zoo has over  400 Royal Bengal Tigers and about 10,000 crocodiles, not an easy task counting all these! In 1982 Sri Racha Zoo obtained four Tiger couples from Chiang Mai Zoo with the aim to breed and raise a population of Tigers due to their decreasing numbers in the wild in Asia. It does seem to have been successful.  The Tiger show is outstanding and shows what these Tigers can do with training. Yes I understand this is not ideal and they are not in the wild. However remember how the population has grown since the Zoo took over the breeding of these incredible and powerful animals. They are not being hunted, not being killed, and are being looked after.

Their surroundings are not ideal, but if you are unhappy with this, remember, it’s not my Zoo, go to Thailand and complain to the Zoo owners, not me, I can’t change what’s happening in the Zoo. Tigers are extremely vulnerable to poaching for the illegal trade in body parts. Their skin, bones, meat and other parts are highly valued – mainly for use in traditional Asian medicine. In India, as many as 50% of tiger deaths in some of the best protected areas are due to poaching. A century ago there were 100,000 tigers roaming the forests, swamps, and tundra of Asia. Today, there are as few as 3,200 left in the wild. Only 7% of historic tiger habitat still contains tigers. At this rate, wild tigers will be extinct in just a few decades. If you don’t want to see that do something about it, or you can just sit there and wait for that.