Supitpong Pakdijarung, managing director at the Tiger Temple, told NBC News that if there had been illegal trading or smuggling, evidence would have come to light by now. "It has been more than a year and the case hasn't gone anywhere," Pakdijarung said. With an annual $5.7 million made in ticket sales, including $140 "premium admission" tickets for access to its tigers, the Tiger Temple has proven to be a flourishing business, which may explain, in part, why employees are dismayed to see it come to an end.
"We built this temple to spread Buddhism," Pakdijarung once told The New York Times. "The tigers came by themselves."