Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Buddhist temple in Western Thailand has numerous animals, including several tigers roam freely once a day and can be petted by visitors.
The Theravada Buddhist temple is located in the Saiyok district of Thailand and Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar, some 38 km north-west of Kanchanaburi along the 323 freeway. It ‘was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for numerous wild animals. In 1995 he received the Golden Jubilee Buddha Image, made of 80 kilograms of gold. After the abbot and others associated with the Temple in 1999 received the tiger cub in the temple before, had been found by villagers and died soon after. The story goes that some tiger cubs at the temple followed over time, typically when the mothers were killed by poachers, were the others to get rid of their tiger “pets” or those they wanted, under pressure, this to be done, as were the laws and guidelines regarding the attitude of CITES protected species is increasingly tight. Since 2007, over 21 children born in the temple and the total number of tigers is about 12 tigers adults and 4 children.

Tiger Temple

Tiger Temple

The subspecies of these tigers is unknown as none of their DNA were tested, but it is believed that they are Indochinese Tigers, except Mek (a Bengal tiger). There is also the possibility that there are some newly discovered Malayan tiger, and it is likely that many hybrid or hybrid.

They are washed and taken over by Thai monks, as well as the local staff and international volunteers. Once the day has gone on canvas are a quarry nearby.Originally, they were free to move in this area, but now, with the increase in visitors and the amount of the tiger, who sit in the canyon, are chained.

The staff closely guide visitors as they sit down to greet and pet the cats. The staff keep the tigers under control and the abbot will intervene if the tiger is enthusiastic. Nervous tourists may also observe this from about 10 yards away. The temple collects donations for feeding and care, and building a larger sanctuary, tiger, so the animals would live in an almost natural environment all day long of funds.

The Tiger Temple practices a different conservation philosophy than in the West. In zoos, parks and the Western emphasis is on providing a natural habitat for animals. In the temple, completed at least until the sanctuary is, it seems that animals are treated more as family members. Although it may be able to return to the current generation of young people in nature, their parents live a life within the temple complex.

Their conservation philosophy seems to be working, while projects elsewhere often need to have artificial insemination was born on 10 young animals in the temple in the last three years have been places, even though she is not the sort of discipline.
The temple is open daily for visitors at about 1:00, and the Tigers are back in their pen went around 16:00. Because of the urgent need for income, the temple now costs 300 Baht admission. The most common type of visit to the temple is to rise on a tour of the nearby Kanchanaburi for 300 baht each, or rent your own songthaew from the bus station for a group of less than 1,000 baht. Day trips are available from Bangkok to the well.

The temple now receives 300-600 visitors per day. There are boxes for donations at various locations around the temple for those who want to support the sanctuary. For photos with the tigers, visitors are invited to make a donation.