With its larger-than-life characters, Netflix’s docu-series “Tiger King” put a controversial spin on a real problem—breeding tigers for profit has created an animal welfare, public safety and law enforcement nightmare in the U.S. As this series and a number of investigative reports that preceded it have shown, America has a big and growing captive tiger crisis right in its own backyards, but it pales in comparison to the one facing endangered wild populations.
Panthera supports enacting the Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bi-partisan bill to end commercial captive breeding and exploitation of tigers in this country.
Contribute to organizations like Panthera that are protecting tigers in the wild and recovering their populations
Help raise awareness about the crisis facing wild tigers by educating yourself and sharing factual, timely information with your friends and family
When planning a zoo visit, look for local WAZA, EAZA, AZA and other accredited zoos that contribute to wild tiger conservation
Don’t buy or use products containing (or saying they contain) tiger or other wildlife parts, including Traditional Medicine like tiger plasters, and tiger bone wine
Don’t buy or use trinkets or decorative items made from tigers or any illegally traded wildlife parts
Don’t use products containing unsustainable palm oil—a substance found in thousands of commonly used items that contributes to wholesale destruction of wild cat habitat
Don’t visit or support attractions that offer opportunities to handle wild cats, including petting and feeding, walking, or taking photos with them
If you are a U.S. citizen, let your Members of Congress know that you’d like them to support the Big Cat Public Safety Act
Wherever you live, vote for government representatives and legislation that protect endangered species
Stand up for science!
Dr. John Goodrich, Chief Scientist, Tiger Program Director, sits down with WIRED to talk about concerns around if captive animals can be reintroduced into the wild. Is it ever possible for a tiger to actually make a good pet?
The “Tiger Kings” of Southeast Asia
Joe Exotic is not the only one who thinks he rules tigers. The “Tiger Kings” operating in the deep forests of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are devastating tiger populations in southeast Asia. Poachers in this region hide out for months at a time in the forest, setting hundreds of snares and wiping out whole populations of tigers. Panthera, with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Malaysia and the Department of National Parks in Thailand, trains park rangers to effectively counter these tactics. We also work with law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary to effectively prosecute and sentence these wildlife criminals, permanently knocking them from their thrones.
"Tiger King" In the News
Saving tigers is a marathon, not a sprint
Source: The Ecologist
We must redouble our efforts to save wild tigers
Source: Sustainability Times
Why Captive Tigers Can’t Be Reintroduced to the Wild | WIRED
The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage
Outrageous 'Tiger King' zoo owners say they help tigers. Conservation experts disagree.
Source: Live Science
Here’s What Wild Animal Experts Want You To Know About ‘Tiger King’
Source: Huffington Post
Animal Rights Experts Reveal the 'Tragedy' Behind the Cub Petting Industry Shown in Tiger King
While tiger breeding and fake tiger sanctuaries are despicable and fueling the trade in tiger parts, the Malay subspecies may go extinct within the next 3-5 years, joining the Bali, Javan, South China and Caspian subspecies in oblivion and leaving only Siberian, Bengal, Indochinese and Sumatran. Panthera is focusing on saving the tigers in these areas, especially in Southeast Asia, but we desperately need your help.
What We Do
Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems.
Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the seven species of big cats: cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, lions, pumas (also known as mountain lions or cougars), snow leopards and tigers. Panthera also studies and protects the world's most threatened species of small cats through our Small Cats Program.
Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats.
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