Hua Hin Zoo
Hua Hin Zoo is a small facility just on the outskirts of the town. Reports stated that Hua Hin Zoo had four tigers. However, their had been reports in 2015 of a raid on the zoo with tigers being confiscated by the Department of National Parks (DNP) due to permits and licensing issues. Nonetheless, the facility was visited to see if there were still tigers residing there. There were not.
First Visit: 21st February 2017
Staff attempted to explain that the tigers had been taken, though the explanation appeared to vary between running off into the forest to have babies or being taken by the government. There were, however, two white lions there. Two cages remained that appeared to have been where the tigers were kept. There were numerous pictures depicting the tigers in these cages.
The cages were completely inadequate at about 3 x 4 metres. They were simple concrete floors, each containing a platform. There were no enrichment items present and no natural enclosures.
The younger lion, a 6-month-old cub, was chained out at the front for photos and seemed to be well cared for. The handler was delighted to show us videos of him running around with the lion cub running freely through the zoo behind him. Once again it seems that the love and care is there but the scientific understanding of good welfare is lacking.
Second Visit: 11th April 2018
There was no change at the zoo. There were no tigers and the white lion still was out for photos, just a year older.
1st Visit: 21st Feb 2017
2nd Visit: 11th April 2018
How Many Tigers?
Two cages were still present that presumably had tigers but now contained lions
Small concrete floor with a single low platform
No place to hide
No natural vegetation
One cage held a piece of artificial grass
Cage size was around 3 x 4 metres
Physical & Mental Health
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.