This is of course not a phenomenon singular to Tinder -- tigers naturally draw attention and are popular across various social media sites. And while it's impossible to know what condition each tiger or big cat is kept in, many of the "Tigers on Tinder" photos may be putting some of its subjects in harm's way.
"While it's perfectly understandable that people everywhere want to broadcast their love of wildlife, posing with big cats and other exotics might harm the very animals people intend to celebrate," said Jeff Pierce of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
There are two reasons why these photos can be problematic, Pierce says. The first is that it can promote the mistaken notion that humans and big cats can be "friends." Encouraging this viewpoint can lead people to keeping big cats as pets -- which is generally considered dangerous for people and not ideal for the cats.