Most of these tigers are living in people’s backyards, roadside attractions, and private breeding facilities.
Only an estimated 6% of the US captive tiger population resides in zoos and other facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Many of these private tiger owners aren’t properly trained to care for wild animals, making the animals vulnerable to mistreatment and exploitation.
It is estimated that there are around 5,000 captive tigers in the US, more than the approximately 3,900 remaining in the wild.
What can we do?
Visit the WWF website and ask members of congress to protect tigers from illegal wildlife trade by signing the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
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