& # 39; Tiger King & # 39; Big cats will live and die in a cage

You are watching Netflix The Tiger King Documentary – "Chronicle of the Great American Sheep Cattle of Big Cats" and there is no doubt about the tragedy of its human characters. After all, it’s really fascinating for people like Joe Exotic to wear a leather fragment in the series unofficially and wear tigers in deplorable conditions, a big winnie in Oklahoma in an exotic animal park where visitors can pay for children’s tiger fees (also of course) and get it. , of course).

Interpersonal drama between human characters The Tiger KingIncluding attempted murder for hire – can carry the tragedy of a real tiger: these wonderful creatures can never be known in a cage. Wildlife tigers can travel over 100 square miles. But animal advocates say that in unrecognized road zoos, they may be housed in small cages and forced to quarrel over food. (Both were true in the case of Joe Exotic Animal Park, where the Netflix series shows that tigers were fed on Valmart's expired meat.)

Breeders of large cats sometimes say they do, so the population can be kept captive if the animals become extinct in the wild. But animal advocates say this red herring is the most acute. "The tigers they produce are unsuitable for wildlife," said John Goodrich, chief scientist and director of tiger programs at Panthera, a wildlife conservation organization that talks about road zoos. "They are no more useful to wild tigers than domestic dogs that are treated by wolves."

There are two main problems to consider when it comes to breeding captive tigers: genetics and behavior. The tiger field has a choice when searching, but a captive tiger is at risk of innervation. This is not a problem in an accredited zoo, which is actually needed for the careful breeding of animals. But in road parks, people in close contact grow from generation to generation. For example, all white tigers in captivity come from one individual who was taken from India decades ago.

Breeders may be even more angry with the genetic pool for mixing different subspecies: for example, the Siberian tiger, the Indochina tiger, and the Malay tiger. "They have a different adaptation to their unique environment," says Goodrich of these subspecies. "So you don't want to take the Siberian tiger for example and put it in the hot tropics of India or Sumatra from the cold of Russia." And you really don’t want the content of these species to form in a highly confined individual and then be released: even if he was able to survive, he could develop a wild tiger and spoil the gene pool.

It also means that all the descendants of the poorly bred captive tiger will themselves be doomed to captivity. You just can’t change that and look back on decades of innervation. To make matters worse, breeders have created hybrid species, such as the Leger, between tigers and lions. "It creates these kinds of genetic wounds that aren't conducive to conservation." – says Goodrich.

They also created behavioral disorders. Joe’s exotic tigers were bred to communicate with people for obvious purposes and socialize with those around them; Park visitors visited them, fed them, played with them. It teaches tigers to connect people with food and play. Release one of the wildlife from this animal and it will not be able to hunt for itself. Even worse, it will attract people – a ფ 400 rocket of teeth and bones that can kill a person, even by accident.

We talked to Goodrich about all of this and the video above, including simple tricks that can tell you the difference between a death path compound and a zoo where goalkeepers work with the best interests of the tiger in mind.

Editor's note: Matt Simon is the creator of the WIRED video series Absurd beings, Which became the basis for the new Netflix series Absurd planet.

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