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.

Overview

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How Many Tigers?

Tourist Interactions?

Cages/Enclosures

  • 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

Physical

  • 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

Mental

  • Cubs appeared stressed particularly during manhandling of staff

 
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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.