A tiger born in captivity cannot be released into nature, because there isn’t enough wild space for tigers to live in Thailand. Each tiger needs around 50-100 sq. km. of territory to survive. Other tigers cannot come into the same territory, except during the breeding periods. Especially, when tigers are used to people, they won’t hide from people and will try to get close to villages. When this happens, the people in the villages will kill the tigers.
Nowadays, we bought land (300 sq. Rai) prepared for the increasing number of our tigers in the future. The land is located in Maetang district, near Chiang Mai. The expected start-up date for the construction will begin this year, and will be registered as a Foundation for tigers.
Tigers are individual animals. When they are fully grown, they will fight to protect their territory. For this reason each tiger at the foundation must be separated. At The Tiger Kingdom Foundation, each tiger will be located in its own area, where there’s much more space. The environment will be made into a more natural setting, where they live, for the rest of their lives.
All donations from volunteers and from other worldwide funds will be a part of budget to look after all tigers at the foundation. Another part of the budget will come from profits made from Tiger Kingdom Park and Restaurant. As the number of tigers increases every year, and some of budget will be managed to buy more land, which is becoming rarer and more expensive.
In Thailand there’s still space at the national parks, which belong to Thai government, however it very hard and complicated to ask for permits. Most of the national parks, are already being managed by others private companies. Tiger Kingdom has to face this problem and find the solutions, as we need to buy more land at a reasonable price for The Tiger Kingdom Foundation. This is where; some of the income of Tiger Kingdom goes.
We know that you care about tigers, as we do. All tigers and staff at Tiger Kingdom live together, as we are the same part of same family. All our beloved tigers are raised by hand since they were born. We bond with them, more than tourists who come for a moment, take picture and then leave.
This is also the gratitude between staff and the tigers. Not only do we take care of the tigers, but also tigers make it possible for our staff to have jobs and money to take care of their families.
The establishment of Tiger Kingdom Foundation will be set up, before the end of this year. Please keep up to date with our progress! We welcome your comments and donations.