Roaming around and frolicking about thisTiger temple in Thailand is home for 137 tigers.
But this could all change after the country'swildlife department rejected its bid to extend its zoo license.
The popular with tourists Buddhist temple… has been investigated for suspected links to wildlife trafficking as well as accusationsof illegal breeding.
Officials have removed some tigers from thetemple, which has been dogged for years by talk of it mistreatement and supplying theblack market In January, five tigers were seized by theDepartment of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and relocated to conservationcentres.
But some volunteers think that uprooting theanimals would be traumatic: For me, these animals will be put under a lot of stress in the move, rather than taking care of the ones they have first, building the sanctuary, letting themfree and then work their way through the tigers in Thailand, to give them a better life," Officials accuse the temple of maltreatingthe big cats.
this director says the world is looking at them to do something in theface of allegations of inbreeding.
Until a final decision on the tigers destinyis made theres nothing more for the big cats to do but laze around and be met by theenthusiastic tourists in their droves.