Ayutthaya Elephant Village
Ayutthaya Elephant Village is located in the town of Ayutthaya. Found in a rather dingy and rundown area, there are stalls with sheep, elephant stables and a set of Thai food stalls. The entire area looks ill-kept and poorly managed. Further in to the so-called village are the tigers. A small room contained the tigers. Permission to enter was only granted after a fee in order to have a photo.
Between visits, there is a concerning discrepancy with the number of tigers residing in the facility.
1st Visit: 25th March 2017
2nd Visit: 13th April 2018
First Visit: 25th March 2017
One large male tiger was chained to a cool platform in a cave-like room. He was very unresponsive even when staff poked him during the photo process. His fur was also unkempt and dirty, looking as though he did not clean himself--something that can indicate poor welfare.
Opon further exploration of the area, seven more tigers were found in a section of small concrete cages. These were covered up using a series of tarpauline banners and plywood, preventing outside viewing. Through a series of holes and breaks in the coverings, the inside of the area was able to be seen. Inside the cages, the floor was concrete and there was no additional furnishing, platform or enrichment. Water was provided, but the water bowls were covered in mould. Tigers did respond to the researchers in various negative fashions or were completely disinterested. The outside of the cages was made of mesh, but this was broken and rusted.
Throughout the entire time, staff were unfriendly and aggressive. They did not want the researchers even seeing the living quarters of the tigers.
Second Visit: 13th April 2018
Once again, there was a large male tiger in the small room waiting for photos. This time it was a different, younger tiger who was a lot more active than the previous year's tiger. There were two tiger cubs, who were also brought out for photos and were about three months old. Staff stated that they were born here and that the mother was also here. One of the cubs appeared fine, but the other had severe conjunctivitis in its left eye. Staff appeared not to notice this issue or care and it was clear that it had been left untreated. The cub was still brought our for photos with no qualms and shaken and poked by the staff member while it wriggled and cried.
The remaining tigers appeared to be in the same area as before, as they could be heard. However, this caged area was now closed off with a large cinder block wall preventing any viewing. This has created a completely boxed area with little to no flow of air for the tigers residing within.
Once again, staff were very aggressive and did not want the researchers looking into the cage area.
How Many Tigers?
Living quarters are hidden behind the photograph room
They appear to be of varying size and have just concrete floors
No enrichment items to be seen
A few filthy water bowls were observed, complete with green scummy water
No grass or natural vegetation
Multiple tigers per area
Cages are completely blocked from public viewag
Physical & Mental Health
Body condition of tigers was normal/good
Photo tiger was alert
Cubs were crying and pacing
One cub has severe conjunctivitis, appeared to have been left untreated
Cubs appeared stressed particularly during manhandling of staff
What we are doing to help
At this time we are raising awareness for the situation of the captive tigers in Thailand through education of the public and through a number of different petitions.
Head to our Petition zone to see how you can help.