Roadmap to Closing Captive Tiger Facilities of Concern

Posted on November, 02 2023

Current estimates indicate that there are at least 8,900 tigers being held in more than 300 facilities in East and Southeast Asia. 

A “captive tiger facility of concern,” for the purposes of this document, is a facility that keeps or breeds tigers in captivity with an intent (or reasonable probability) of supplying or directly engaging in the commercial trade in tigers and/or their body parts or derivatives.

From a conservation perspective, the operation and scale of these captive tiger facilities of concern are a significant obstacle to the protection and recovery of wild tiger populations. This document provides a roadmap of how to close captive tiger facilities of concern for a range of stakeholders.