Tigers in Captivity -The US has one of the largest populations of captive tigers in the world − estimated at perhaps 5,000 tigers. They are not just found in zoos and rescue centers; tigers in the U.S. are in private hands and even end up living in backyards. In many jurisdictions, people can legally keep a tiger on their property without reporting it to local officials or neighbors. In some states, it is easier to buy a tiger than to adopt a dog from a local animal shelter.
What drives ppl to hunt one of the world's most endangered and much loved species #tigers? Watch 'Confessions of a tiger poacher'. With about 3,200 left in the wild this iconic species teeters at the edge. Poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are among the gravest threats to the tiger's survival. We are working with former poachers and local governments to stop the poaching and save the species. http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/wwf_global_work/wwf_global_flagship_species/tigers/