Bung Chawak Zoo
Bung Chawak or Bung Chawak Heritage zoo is located in the Suphanburi province. A government-run facility, it holds many animals and boasts a rather beautiful aquarium. The range of animals is diverse, from domestic animals through fish and birds all the way to a small African collection. All were in enclosures of varying size and adequacy with the herbivores, as usual, better off. The main draw is the area labelled the Big Cat zone. Here, there are vast numbers of cages containing tigers, lions, leopards and, disturbingly, ligers.
Whilst claiming to be about conservation, it is clearly not. There are a vast number of white tigers, some clearly severely inbred, with glassy unseeing eyes and hip problems amongst other issues. A small number of tigers were also in with lions, which had clearly resulted in serious fights. At least four animals had wholly, or partly missing tails. Then, of course, there were two ligers.
How Many Tigers?
Each area was comprised of an outside area and also a hidden den or night room
Each enclosure contained a pond for bathing, containing a small amount of water
No grass or natural vegetation in any of the enclosures, only trees
Some contained enrichment items such as tyres, but not all of them.
Caves and some platformed areas to climb
Cages/dens are concrete floored and measure about 4x4 metres
Physical & Mental Health
White tigers are most likely inbred and suffer from a number of ailments such as blindness, strabismus and hip problems
Excessive numbers of white tigers, some too many per enclosure
Body condition poor
Two ligers were present
A number of injuries to tails including amputations, twisted tails and open wounds on the tips of tails
A few tigers seen pacing but not so many given the large number of animals
Tail injuries could also be from stress of the mixed environment
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.