I have had many adventures in my life. Yet when I heard of a place where one could walk with tigers, I had to find it.
The temple is near Kanchanaburi, Thailand called The Tiger Temple. The monk at the temple, Abbot- Pra Acharn Phusit, chose to make it a sanctuary for tigers that have been illegally taken from the wild or held in captivity.
The Temple is a tourist attraction but it is not included in the popular guidebooks like Lonely Planet. I am told this is because they believe it is not really safe, at least by western standards, and they do not want to be held responsible if the inevitable accident should occur, just ask Siegfried and Roy.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also include the fact there is controversy in some circles over how the tigers are cared for. Some claim they are drugged, held in small cages and abused. The temple has been featured on National Geographic and Discovery Channel shows, among others. Included in this post is a CNN video news report on a special tiger identification pilot program. It is hard to beleive these sources would condone any perceived abuse.
Read more and view photos here., includes a CNN Video report…
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