Yes, I have been there and I watched a huge grown-up tiger being massaged with shampoo and then showered. I’m sure the tiger liked it. I have toched a tiger myself. Was I scared? No. Should I’ve been scared? Maybe. Now there is a lot of qestions asked about The Tiger Temple, one of Thailands most famous and surreal tourist attractions.
The Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Buddhist temple in western Thailand. It was founded in 1994 as a temple and sanctuary for wild animals, among them several tigers, mostly indochinese tigers. The temple is in Kanchanaburi, about 40 km north-west of Bangkok.
The munks claim that the tigers are not dangerous to human beings, because they have never seen human beings as a threat. But based on last years Care for the Wild International report, a coalition of 39 conservation groups, among them the World Society for the protection of Animals and the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Director General of National Parks in Thailand, now will find out whether the tigers are treated well. The animal groups suggest that some tigers are imported illegaly from Laos and that they are drugged and mistreatet. These allegations are strongly denied by the munks who have invited the investigative reporters and tiger experts to the temple. They have stayed for several days and did not find anything that suggested that the tigers were drugged or not treated well.
Although there are sveral questions about the amazing Tiger Temple and the munks , the main pisture is this: There are less than 3,500 wild tigers in the entire world today. Their numbers have suffered from habitat loss, loss of prey from human hunting, and poaching for their skins, body parts and bones, which are used for medicinal purposes. in Thailand you can get abour 6000 US dollar for a dead big cat – several years payment for a thai farmer.