1st Visit: 25th Feb 2017
2nd Visit: 13th April 2018
Lopburi Zoo is a small zoo in the town by the same name. It is possibly funded by the government, and, as such, the cages are less than adequate. Originally, there were reports of five tigers living here with a family of dogs as their companions. However, by our visit, this turned out to be long past and there were now only two tigers kept in two separate cages.
First visit: 25th February 2017
The zoo contained a number of different species, with enclosures varying in adequacy. The carnivores - tigers, lions, and bears - all seem to be the victims of the Victorian-style cage concept, with wrought iron bars and concrete floors.
A male and female tiger were kept separately in adjacent cages measuring around 8x8 metres each. At the back of each cage were two small night rooms measuring approximately 2x3 metres and containing a small platform. The tigers were locked out of these in the day. Our researchers hoped they were not locked in them overnight but rather given access to both areas. The big cages each contained a bath full of water and a cave area that the tiger could climb on or hide in.
The female paced for the duration of the visit and was not easy to distract. The male remained sleeping under his cave and showed no interest in a human presence or the tigress next door. There was no enrichment, natural vegetation or attempt to create a stimulating environment.
Second visit: 13th April 2018
There was no change noted in the standard of the cages - still a lack of enrichment, no natural vegetation and a nonstimulating environment. However, this time the tigers were able to interact with each other, as the door between their cages was open.
The tigress was still very prone to pacing but also would attempt to interact with the male. Staff had implemented a tiger feeding activity, which involved attaching a piece of meat to the end of the stick and pushing it high up between the bars. The tigress seemed interested in this activity and would stand up to grab these morsels, giving her a little mental and physical stimulation. The male remained lying in his cave, though he did briefly interact with the female when she came to visit, albeit somewhat unwillingly.
Overall, welfare standards remain low.
How Many Tigers?
Each enclosure was concrete floored
No natural vegetation or grass
A small cave but barely adequate for hiding
No enrichment items present
Night rooms at the back though both tigers were locked out
Night rooms were 2x3 metres
Physical & Mental Health
Both tigers had adequate body conditions
Female tiger paced constantly
Male is largely unresponsive to both human and tiger interaction
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.