Playing With Tigers at Theravada Temple

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Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua or sometimes called the Tiger Temper is a Theravada Buddhist forest temple located in the Saiyok district of Thailand's Kanchanaburi province. Founded in 1994, this forest temple has been seen as a sanctuary for many endangered animals including several tigers. The temple received the first tiger cub in 1999 and as of 2009 the total number of tigers here was 50. These tigers are tamed by being fed with cooked meal in order to keep them far away from a taste of blood. They are also treated as family members in the temple and visitors who want to take photos with them are asked to give a donation.


Visitors can daily visit the temple at around 12pm, and these tigers walk back to their enclosures at a bout 4pm.

Visitors can daily visit the temple at around 12pm, and these tigers walk back to their enclosures at about 4pm.


There are a lot of donations boxes placed in many different sites around the temple in order that people can easily support the sanctuary.

There are a lot of donations boxes placed in many different sites around the temple in order that people can easily support the sanctuary.


Visitors can pose with a small cub or even a grown tiger. Nervous tourists can observe these cats from about 10 meters away.

Visitors can pose with a small cub or even a grown tiger. Nervous tourists can observe these cats from about 10 meters away.


Temple staffs keep these tigers under control and in the case that the tiger gets agitated, the temple’s abbot will intervene.

Temple staffs keep these tigers under control and in the case that the tiger gets agitated, the temple’s abbot will intervene.


The temple now welcomes from 300 to 600 visitors a day. Day trips are also available from Bangkok.

The temple now welcomes from 300 to 600 visitors a day. Day trips are also available from Bangkok.


Arriving at the temple, visitors can also join the volunteers in tigers’ morning exercise program with the cost of over 4500 Baht as of 2010.

Arriving at the temple, visitors can also join the volunteers in tigers’ morning exercise program with the cost of over 4,500 Baht as of 2010.


Each tiger needs about 100 USD per day to be fed and received other care. Temple staffs carefully guide visitors how to greet, sit with, and pet the animal

Each tiger needs about 100 USD per day to be fed and taken care of. Temple staffs carefully guide visitors how to greet, sit with, and pet the animal


These cute tigers are washed and handled by Thai monks, international volunteers as well as local staffs.

These cute tigers are washed and handled by Thai monks, international volunteers as well as local staffs.

 

The temple has been given an official permit to raise tigers and any tourists can visit the tiger accommodation, including Tiger Island which is under construction.

 

 

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This article was published on 2011/03/07