As 2018 draws to a close it’s time we look back on our work throughout the year. Though we have been working towards improving the lives of the relocated Tiger Temple tigers since 2016, we only became registered as a charity in January of this year. Once registered, our ability to provide direct aid, perform research and provide public education has greatly increased. At this time we are still only a very small team so making big changes is somewhat out of reach for us. Never
Today, two members of For Tigers headed out to the Tourism and Animal Welfare symposium held at South Bank University. There were many interesting talks from Donald Broom, Daniel Turner, Claire Jenkinson, Stuart Patterson,Tom Moorhouse, Glen Cousquer and Jan Schmidt-Burbach. After the talks we were able to have some constructive chats with Jan Schmidt-Burbach and Tom Moorhouse on the welfare of captive tigers in tourism and the next steps to take in this area. #fortigers #tig
Follow the Tigers: Almost daily updates at the moment! The foundations for Enclosure No. 5 are going up at a rate of knots, it is all very exciting. Let's hope progress doesn't slow down just yet :) For those of you who are just coming to this page, this is the fifth enclosure being built for the rescued Tiger Temple tigers. At this time, they are in small cages that have no natural enrichment inside along with limited space. These larger enclosures offer the tigers a more na
Follow the Tigers: Enclosure No. 5 - The foundations are being laid! Work is underway and the next enclosure will soon take shape. Hopefully this new enclosure will be finished in the next few months or so and by then we'll be ready to start building the next one! Fingers crossed. #fortigers #thailand #followthetigerscampaign #animalwelfare #DNP
Over the past two years the Mali-Salika Zoo in Nakhon Nayok outside Bangkok has been attempting to close its doors. A private holding with 108 tigers residing inside, it was imperative that these tigers found homes before closure could occur. The past months have seen the Department of National Parks (DNP) searching to find homes for all these tigers as they are unable to take on all of them, themselves. This search has led them far and wide across the country as they attempt
Once again we were able to visit the government facilities, though unfortunately not really able to see the tigers themselves bar a few in the areas that we were looking to do upgrades in. With our partnership with WildHeart Foundation well and truly underway, we donated carnivore supplement to both facilities and were able to take one of the WildHeart members along with us. We then discussed in depth the progress that we wished to make for both facilities which included a ne
As we mentioned yesterday, there were a few of the Temple tigers undergoing an operation for their respiratory problems. Today we learnt that it was three of our tigers (still unidentified) and that the vets would be heading to the second facility today to perform more surgeries. Hopefully everything goes well and that the tigers are all on a quick and successful road to recovery. #fortigers #DNP #savethetigers #captivetigers #animalwelfare #tigertemple #thailand
GRAPHIC IMAGES: This is a video from the Department of National Parks (DNP) and sadly, the video does show footage of three of the Tiger Temple tigers that have now died. The first image is of Jomnapah (already known to have passed on March 4th 2017), the second is of Sangtawan, the third of Farkram Jr. If you would like to give these images a miss, then skip the video between 4.10 – 4.23. The last two tiger’s deaths were previously unknown to us. Rest in Peace Sangtawan and
Okay, so this isn't quite the news we were hoping to give you all on International Tiger day but it's great nonetheless!!
The four enclosures are now finished! The remaining part at the top to stop the tigers escaping has been done and the electric fencing all hooked up! We are now simply waiting on a test run to see how the tigers behave in their new environment before they can be released full time outside :) Then its just a case of raising more funds for the next set of e
Earlier this year we travelled around Thailand visiting facilities holding tigers. The purpose was to record the levels of welfare in each facility. We filmed everything that we could in order to get a comprehensive image of what the tiger tourism industry contained - the bad and the good. We are currently editing this footage to create a documentary on this situation to be released later this year.
Now, for a first look, we are releasing the first teaser of the documentary
With the Tiger Temple getting closed a year ago, many people assumed this was the start of the Thai government cracking down on tigers in tourism. However this is not the case. A year on and there are in fact more facilities catering to the 'tiger selfie' industry - Tiger Kingdom opened its fourth branch just this January down in Pattaya. Part of our work is to raise awareness for Thailand's captive tigers and in February and March 2017 we undertook detailed assessment of 37
For Tigers was founded on the back of the Tiger Temple closure. Everyone currently involved with For Tigers was at one time or another volunteering at the Temple. After the removal of the tigers to government facilities, there was a deep concern over the tiger’s welfare in their new home. The sub standard facilities run by the government were concerning especially as there seemed to be no move to improve them. The tigers from the Temple started to suffer from stress and began