One facility, for example, reported that it owned 90 tigers, while only 42 were seen on the property. Another said it had 350, but only 130 were found there. Of the 17 facilities featured in the report, there were 830 tigers reported, but only 535 seen by WAP.
It raises the serious question: Where are all the missing animals?
The Tiger Temple and illegal trafficking
The concern is highlighted by the recent news about Thailand's famous Tiger Temple, once thought to be a sanctuary-type facility, where adult tigers lived in peace with the monks who took care of them. But in June, authorities confiscated the temple's 147 tigers amid allegations of illegal wildlife trafficking, though the temple denied any wrongdoing.