Tiger Temple - Thailand

with Jackie and Elston - November 6, 2013
Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Theravada Buddhist temple in western Thailand that was founded in 1994 as a
forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals, among them several tigers, the majority of which are Indochinese tigers. The
temple is located in the Saiyok district of Thailand's Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar.

We were concerned because oppontents of the temple question whether the tigers should be maintained there and did not
visit on our initial trip to Thailand. Howevver, at the urging of a friend, we did visit on our return and must say it was an
impressive experience.
It was a fun and impressive day being close to these tigers.

There are allegations that the tigers are drugged, but these allegations seem untrue. The tigers were active and played hard
with each other. They are fed huge amounts of chicken on a daily basis. All of the tigers we encountered have been bred in
captivity in the temple. There are certainly legitimate questions as to whether this is the most appropriate place for the tigers.