Trakarn Tiger Zoo



Trakarn Tiger Zoo sometimes called Ubon Zoo, is often mistaken for Ubon Ratchathani Zoo (also named Ubon Zoo) though it is located some 60 km outside of Ubon Ratchathani town. The facility itself was rather small and continued mostly tigers and leopards. There were a number of other animals around including some birds, ostriches, cows, and ponies. The first time our researchers visited the zoo, it was actually closed but when chatting to some of the staff there, they were allowed in to see the tigers. By the second visit, the zoo was officially closed and the 17 tigers being relocated to the Department of National Parks (DNP) facilities.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, the zoo was closed when our researchers went to visit. Data on this page refers to our 2019 visit.

How Many Tigers?

Tourist Interactions?


  • Cages were concrete-floored

  • Measured 4x4m

  • Contained a small wooden platform and clean water

  • Enclosures were 6x12m or slightly larger

  • Contained grass, dirt, trees, logs and small (empty) ponds

  • No enrichment

Physical & Mental Health


  • Body condition - adequate towards obese

  • Some tigers had missing tails


  • Some pacing observed

  • Tigers were relaxed, alert, playful, curious or sleeping

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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.