The Cost of a (Tiger) Selfie

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Behind many of those once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences is a life of suffering unseen. What to know and how you can help.

More tigers live in cages than they do the wild.

Today, there are approximately 10,000 tigers living in captivity. At one point, more than half of them could be found in the United States, and only six percent resided in accredited zoos and facilities. Following the release of the wildly popular Netflix series, Tiger King, a spotlight was shown upon the dark realities of tiger captivity and the use of tigers for commercial attraction. Because of it, the Big Cat Public Safety Act was enacted, prohibiting tiger breeding for private possession and public interactions with tigers.

It was a massive win for tigers.

But the demand for “unforgettable” experiences still teeters dangerously high, with many tourists seeking out such experiences in different locations, often where there isn’t proper regulation and management.

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