Welcome to our Tiger Encounter Page
Latest Update - Februaury 2002
I have now restructured to put the Tiger Encounters on their own page.
Finally added our awesome UK tiger encounter story and pictures, see below.
Sriracha Zoo, Thailand
In October 1998, we went to Thailand on holiday, first we visited busy Bangkok, then we took a plane up to the northern provinces to visit Chaing Mai (here we had another story, which will feature later). Then we flew back to Bangkok to take a coach down to Pattaya, on the way down I saw a sign for Sriracha Tiger Zoo. Excitedly we thought we would have a chance to arrange a visit, once we got to Pattaya.
We had read about this zoo on the flight over, it was a zoo mainly dedicated tigers, the zoo having a large breeding program. Also in the article it stated that you could have an encounter with a tiger cub if you visit the zoo.
When we arrived in Pattaya, we hastily sought out the tour rep to arranged a trip to Sriracha Zoo. The next day we visited the zoo, we were in for a few surprises, both good and bad. Luckily, it was quiet, with not that many people about and when we arrived our guide took the small group of us into a building off from the main route (Tiger Education Centre), in here we saw how the breeding program was run.
After this we were to see the worse face of the zoo, that spoiled the day - they had a circus, we both wished we boycotted it. We both went in thinking we better not kick up a fuss and spoil each others day, we did not realise both of us were feeling like that until we had chance to discuss it afterwards. We both now wish we acted differently, tigers in well kept zoos is not ideal, but it's better than letting the whole species die off. But tigers in a circus as well as most other animals, I find is way past my limit. This event was a 'learning curve' for both my wife and myself. If you ever visit Siracha, please refuse to visit the circus - if enough people do, maybe they would stop it - we can always dream...
Tiger Encounter - UK (Paradise Wildlife Park)
After watching a program on TV about someone who went in with a tiger, here in the UK, I remembered the place and tried to find out more about it. Eventually after a bit of searching on the Internet, I found some info on the park.
This place had a license to allow limited visitors to have tiger and lion cub encounters, where they could go in an enclosure with cubs up to 6 months old, interact and learn more about the wonderful creatures from the keepers (close up). They also did another type of encounter where you could feed the adult tigers through the bars of the cage under the supervision of the keepers.
My wife's Birthday was coming up soon, so I could not pass up an opportunity like this, I called to ask if they were still doing the encounters. Luckily they had cubs, so I secretly booked an encounter with a cub and a feeding encounter. It was quite expensive, but well worth it, and most of the money goes to fund saving the tigers in the wild.