• Tiger Temple
Tiger Temple, founded in 1994, is located in the province of Kanchanaburi in western Thailand. According to environmental organizations, and the tourists themselves, Tiger Temple is very far from the ideal contents of striped big cats. However, we'll see.
The journey from Bangkok to the monastery takes about 2 and 5 hours. Tiger Temple is visited by 300 600 visitors daily. Thailand, March 16, 2016.
A good cat. Tigers cared for the monks, foreign volunteers and local staff. It is said in the Tiger Temple can be arranged to work as a volunteer. In order to work with the Tigers, it is necessary to master the English spoken and written English, a complete examination and provide proof that you have no chronic diseases.
As in prison. Area where they can walk tigers, represents a fairly small space dirty pools and high fences with barbed wire.
separated by a fence.
Most of the time the big striped cat is carried out in cells. And it's sad: in the nature of a male tiger walking on the territory of 100 square meters. km.
This Indochinese tigers, they are smaller than the Bengal and especially the Amur subspecies. Male Indochina tiger reaches 2.55-2.85 length m has a body weight of from 150 to 195 kg (though there are larger specimens than 250 kg).
Monk, tiger and tourists, Thailand, March 16, 2016.
Tourists and Tiger in Tiger Temple, Thailand, March 16, 2016.
plate: "Teeth plastic, sale of tiger parts is illegal. Price - 100 baht. " Incidentally, tiger canines length is 8 cm.
give visitors a few bags of food you want to give this most monks in the morning program Tiger Temple. It is a ritual and all must be met. Here's how: 2 is formed ranks, one is made up of visitors and the stands at the tables with different bags of food, and the second rank - monks. They pass you something to take, and from something discarded. Here's a morning ritual of going to the Tiger temple every morning.
Every day the tigers on a leash output in the next canyon.
For visitors Tiger Temple in Thailand have several programs of varying value, which provide feeding and tiskane young cubs, bathing and feeding tigers teenagers playing near the pond with older cats. Thailand, March 16, 2016.
The Tigers are fed boiled chicken and dry cat food. According to the official website convent dry cat food given tigers to obtain the required nutrients, such as taurine, which is lost in boiled chicken.
Cats on a chain.
Tourists in front of the Temple of the Tigers sign a paper that will not have claims if they bite the Tigers.
Login to the Tiger Temple, Thailand, March 16, 2016.
According to environmental activists, the church simply uses rare cats to attract attention and donations. For example, with selfie cub will cost you $ 180. This is even more than the average wage in the province. At the same time, there is no evidence whether the funds collected go to the upkeep and maintenance of the monastery of tigers. Not only that - the animals can not decorated and cases of disappearances were reported, allegedly for the purpose of sale. In general, animal rights activists have long struggle with the church and call to boycott the visit to the monastery, tell your friends about the ins and outs and leave bad comments in Tripedvayzere.
1 st April 2015 the situation seems to be beginning to change. Employees of the Department of National Parks of Thailand, the military and the police tried to enter the territory of the park to check out the animals and set them on the chips. The monks have locked all the doors and refused to let anyone inside. The next day, the same as the procession arrived at the church with a court order. As a result of all these worries and squabbles, it was decided to confiscate the Tigers until the end of April.
It is March 2016. The situation has not changed for the better. With the Tigers still treated improperly using them, in fact, like circus animals for the sake of tourists. And it is building a new Tiger temple nearby, March 16, 2016.
And remember: if you visit these places, you maintain such an attitude to the animals, in this case, to the largest cats in nature - tigers.