Census Documents Fewer Than 3,000 Tigers In America
The Feline Conservancy Federation conducted a census of all tigers in the U.S. They used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain all USDA and state wildlife organizations’ records on the matter and sought out information from private “owners” and sanctuaries as well. They found a total of 2,884 tigers in the U.S. in captivity.
Study highlights, from PR Web:
“The FCF census has documented 2,884 tigers, which is less than the estimated number of tigers in nature. The FCF census revealed that the licensed tiger habitat in America consists of 468 facilities. Of these facilities, at least 226 have been identified by the FCF as USDA Class C exhibitors that operate city, county, or private zoological parks. These facilities hold at least 809 tigers, including the nearly 400 tigers maintained in AZA member zoos. Another 91 sanctuaries hold 1,544 tigers. At least 22 educational facilities provide habitat for 68 tigers. The remaining 585 tigers held by 129 USDA or state licensed entities, reside in commercial breeding facilities, nature centers, are owned by small exhibitors, are owned by individuals, or are part of retired commercial operations, or are school or university mascots, are used in circus, stage, and other traveling exhibits, or could be tigers in zoos and sanctuaries not identified by the FCF.”