Sriracha Tiger Zoo

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The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is a zoo in Sri Racha, a city on the outskirts of Pattaya, a city in the Chonburi Province of Thailand known as the seaside resort of Thailand. It is about 60 miles from Bangkok. The zoo claims a population of 200 tigers and around 10,000 crocodiles, the largest such populations in the world.[citation needed] Admission in 2009 (2552) was 350 Baht for foreigners and 120 Baht for Thai.

Internet meme[edit]

Photographs of a female tiger nursing piglets wrapped in tiger skin, accompanied by a fictitious story about a zoo in California, were actually taken at Sriracha.[1]

Controversy[edit]

The Animal Welfare Institute reported in 2004 that the zoo had been using tigers and elephants in circus shows, including tigers leaping through rings of fire, walking across a double tightrope, parading around a ring on hind legs, and riding on horseback.[2] AWI reported "potentially dangerous human-tiger and human-elephant close interaction", "bizarre multi-species enclosures", tigers being struck with steel poles by trainers and implications that tigers were being bred for export to China.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ snopes.com (1 June 2006). "Tiger and Piglets". snopes.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Adam M. (Winter 2005). "Too Close for Comfort". Awi Quarterly. 

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Coordinates: 13°08′57″N 101°00′45″E / 13.14917°N 101.01250°E / 13.14917; 101.01250