VIDEO: Three Tigers in San Antonio, Texas Moving to New Home

UPDATE, Nov. 10, 2010: IFAW team members will be talking about the move live at 4PM EST and again tomorrow 11.11.10 at 1PM EST at this link: http://ifaw.org/live

IFAW received the news a few weeks ago that a longtime grantee in San Antonio, Texas, Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO) was unable to meet its financial obligations and as such, the USDA was looking for help in re-homing their exotic animals.

In happier times WAO was an exemplary sanctuary, providing much needed life-long homes for the victims of the cruel ‘exotic pet’ trade and other disadvantaged wild animals, which is why we had been supportive of their efforts. IFAW had helped place over 30 animals with WAO since 2001.

Despite the bad news, over the past several weeks, IFAW staff have been working closely with USDA and the WAO board to assess, recommend and in some instances aid in the placement and transport of certain animals from the grounds in Texas.

With IFAW participation in the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit just a few weeks away, a specific trio of cats sticks out in this effort, three tigers named Bali, Java and Titan. There is an IFAW team currently making the final preparations to move these three to their new home at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

On the day of the move, the IFAW team will load the tigers into a 36-foot transport trailer at first light and make the 20-plus hour journey to their new home Pittsboro, North Carolina. The three tigers did not know each other before their arrival, but they are all getting along well.

Bali

Bali is a 17-year-old male that came from a New England facility.

Titan

Titan is a neutered male and estimated to be 16 years old. He previously lived in a zoo in Texas that also closed.

Java

Java is a female and is roughly 17 years old. Before coming to WAO, she lived with a private owner in Louisiana.

Even though these three tigers will have a home where they can live out their lives in relative peace, there is an overarching issue, tigers are in crisis. In fact, tigers are one of the most critically endangered species on our planet. Some experts predict that tigers may be completely extinct in the wild within the next two decades if habitat loss, poaching and trade in tiger body parts continue unabated.

There are twice as many tigers living in captivity in the U.S. than exist in the wild today. (See the IFAW report "The Fading Call of the Wild") Some 5,000-10,000 tigers live in captivity in the U.S., but as few as 3,000 tigers remain in the wild. The large number of tigers living in captivity in the U.S. raises numerous concerns regarding animal welfare, public safety and illegal trade. And perhaps worst of all, captive tigers like these can never be returned to the wild.

And yet, tigers should be kept in the wild. In cases where they are already in captivity - such as the 3 IFAW will move shortly - they should be kept in a permanent sanctuary that meets their behavioral and physiological needs such as Carolina Tiger Rescue and your support has allowed IFAW to make this new connection. Thank you.

PS: Stay tuned to http://ifaw.org/live as we’re going to attempt to bring you some of aspects of the efforts to move Bali, Titan and Java to their new homes live from San Antonio.

Comments: 10

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I am a Chincsc boy.I like IFAW very much.Thanks

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Many tigers and other animals died at the WAO I wished that IFWA you had stepped in when you were told in 2006 that things at the WAO were bad more tigers and others could have been saved from improper diets and no vet care until it was to late. This link will take you to the history of the investigation.
http://www.rexano.org/WAO.htm
shame on IFWA for not helping with the cost of transporting the Lions also.

Thank you Carolina Tiger Rescue for also taking in the 3 Lions I know this must have been a major cost to you just in transport.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I'm glad the tigers and lions are going to be taken care of now. IFWA where were you when the animals were not being taken care of in the proper manner ??? I know you were informed of the troubles at the WAO several years ago. AS you and I know the WAO is not just closing due to lack of money if this was the case why is the Texas OAG and USDA involved, the WAO had many animals die due to renial failure and other unnatural causes this was all reported to you, also as you and I know that improper diet is a major cause of renial failure. Please the next time you support a sanctuary do investigate them and make sure that the moneys you give them does go to the projects they were meant for like enclosers being built and the animals not left in transport cages or left in quarantine cages for months on end.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh please IFWA you were aware of the trouble at the WAO several years ago yet you did nothing until the animals had to be re homed??? As to your statement that its because of private ownership that this is happening please notice that 2 of the tigers were from another facility/ zoo and as you know the WAO is not closing due to lack of donations other wise the Texas OAG and USDA would not be involved. The WAO is closing due to their misappropriations and misuse of the donations and due to USDA violations. In your own words you contributed to this situation by donating funds and sending animals to them without inspecting the conditions the animals were living in once they arrived there.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

I was watching the the live video from Texas in my office at Carolina Tiger Rescue. That was great! Thank you so much for doing that. I'm sure our Curator of Animals will be interested to learn how the loading process went. Good job with the live coverage.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

Pat...did you see what Vincent did to his pole? The tetherball toy was a success, He played with it with such enthusiasm - he bent the sch40 steel pole over.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

There is a tiger at a truck stop in Louisiana.who has been living in deplorable conditions for over 10 years now. Please view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYbvUwSCVpw

We have a petition you can sign asking the LDWF NOT to renew owner's permit - link below: http://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/petitions-f...

Please sign and call the Governor to protest LDWF allowing thisand askthey be investigated. City council issued a petition 18 months ago stating owner had to have $500K in liability insurance which he NEVER got. They ignored it. We are at a critical point here as the permit is up for renewal in December. Your signing and making a phone call will only take a few minutes, but can mean years of loneliness and mistreatment for Tony the Tiger. Governor's phone number is 225-342-0991 Thank you from Tony the Tiger.

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey Pat - Thank you so much for the comment and the insight. J.C. - IFAW

 
Anonymous
3 years ago

These cats are going to a great organization that is passionate about the care and welfare of all of their animals. Last night, I helped the three keepers with making papier-mâché "deers" (complete with twig antlers) for their beloved animals. This was done after their normal work was completed for the day. During the entire time, one keeper (Tim) was brainstorming how to best use some donated items coming from the Duke Lemur Center. Afterward, another keeper (Lenore) enthusiastically showed me another spring loaded enrichment device they were working on. Rest assured, Bali, Titan, and Java will get very good care.

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