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In August 2017, a California man was arrested for smuggling an endangered Bengal tiger cub from Mexico to the U.S. The man was sentenced to prison, but, unfortunately, in a way so was the animal. The baby tiger, five to six weeks old at the time, was transferred to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Although sending the cub to a zoo may seem like a good decision because that’s the only place other exotic wildlife live (outside of their native habitat), life in such a facility is in no way a happy ending for the little tiger. In reality, most zoos do not provide the animals kept in them with the space and the conditions that wild animals simply require to lead normal healthy lives.

Even if they maintain the illusion of high-welfare standards, zoos are generally profit-oriented and geared towards providing entertainment to their human visitors – and have nothing to do with conservation. In this, they are diametrically different from animal sanctuaries, which are actually designed to prioritize animals that for many reasons cannot live in their natural habitat.

Many animals kept in captivity come to suffer from zoochosis – a condition stemming from the stress of confinement and causing animals to behave in highly unusual ways that include anxious ticks (pacing, rocking, nodding of the head, and so on), vomiting, excessive grooming, bar biting, and even self-mutilation.

Tigers often suffer from zoochosis due to the severe limitation and/or alteration of their natural habits once they are enclosed in captivity. In their natural habitat in the wild, tigers roam across large territories, climb trees, run, swim, and, of course, have little to no contact with humans. The position of a tiger kept in a zoo could not be any more different from that life and it is anywhere from frustrating to extremely traumatizing for the animals.

The rescued tiger cub should be allowed to have a life as close to what he would experience in the wild as possible – and the best way to ensure that is to place the animal in a good sanctuary. Click here to sign a petition to San Diego Zoo Safari Park to choose the right thing for the baby tiger and send him to a sanctuary!

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Image source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego

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8 comments on “Help Get Endangered Tiger Cub Who Was Smuggled Into the U.S. Out of the Zoo and Into a Sanctuary!”

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Muriel Servaege
21 Days ago

Petition signed.

Arlene Harris
22 Days ago

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a wonderful place for this animal. The areas for the animals are very large, many of them actually are huge! This is nothing like a regular zoo. My family has been a supporter of the SD Safari Park, formerly the Wild Animal Park, for over 30 years. They have wonderful classes for children and teens that teach animal conservation and encourage them to do the right things for all animals. Leave this beautiful baby tiger there. It is safe and will allow her to live a full and happy life as a wild animal.

Christine Stewart
22 Days ago

I live near the Safari Park- it has more room for an animal to experience a natural environment than many animal sanctuaries. So it is not a terrible place for a rescued animal to live. As a matter of fact, there was a white tiger cub that someone had tried to smuggle into the US from Mexico, many years ago. She was sent to the Safari Park (but it was called the Wild Animal Park back then)- and she lived a long healthy life, just fairly recently dying of old age...

Arlene Harris
26 Feb 2018

I definitely agree. I, also, live relatively close by. It\'s about a 15 minute drive from my house. This is one of the best places any wild animal could be other than their original habitat.

22 Days ago

I suggest you do some in depth research on the San Diego Safari Park. If a wild animal has to be somewhere other than the wild, this is probably the best place for this cub to be. Have you ever been to the Safari Park? If not, perhaps you need to visit to see what it is all about. And if you have been there, perhaps you need to make another visit, and learn about the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, originally called the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species. Find out about The Frozen Zoo. The Safari Park is not about concrete enclosures. It is a wonderful place. Please do some research. Make a trip to see what it is all about, or go again if you\'ve already been there, and this time, ASK all the questions you have and address your misgivings. I think you may change your mind about the life this little cub is, and will be, living.

Arlene Harris
26 Feb 2018

I definitely agree. I live relatively close by. It\'s about a 15 minute drive from my house. This is one of the best places any wild animal could be other than their original habitat.

22 Days ago

You sure do not no anything about the Safari Park. This tiger cub will have areas to roam in.

Arlene Harris
26 Feb 2018

I agree. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, formerly the Wild Animal Park, is a wonderful place with amazingly huge areas for its animals. All the animals are living as closely as possible to how they would live in the wild. There is amazing care taken for these animals. This is one lucky little tiger to be able to grow up and live there.

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