The contrast with tigers in the wild and in captivity is enormous. While there are about 4000 tigers in the wild, the estimates for tigers in captivity are around 40,000.

  • Circuses (± 15 000)
  • As ‘pets’ (± 10 000)
  • Zoos (± 5000)
  • Farming (± 10,000)

The majority of them (more than 10,000) lives in China, where some 10 tiger farms are located, even if tiger farming is against international rules.

The US is also among the countries of evil for tigers. Many states in the US doesn’t have any laws about the possession of wild animals, endangered or not. It is estimated that between 7,000 and 10,000 tigers live in US backyards of ordinary people.


Tigers in zoos show often psychological problems, called zoochosis. This term is often used by animal rights activists, who advocate for better living conditions in zoos.

What is zoochosis anyway? Think about rocking, swaying, self-mutilation, excessive licking, biting at the bars, walking around, circling, chewing and turning the neck but also think of anorexia.

The better zoos try to prevent this behavior because it upsets visitors. They invest in a more natural habitat of tigers (and other animals) but unfortunately they often not prevent zoochosis.