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Veterinary care for wild animals in Thailand - FOUR PAWS on site

Hope for the captative wild animals
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Vet checks on 165 big cats and other wild animals

FOUR PAWS starts an unprecedented veterinary and animal care programme to improve the welfare of captive wildlife in Thailand. Between December 2016 and March 2017, the international animal welfare organisation set up a veterinary training programme and examined approximately 165 big cats and other wild animals, including tigers from the infamous Tiger Temple.  

165 Big Cats were treated – Also the tigers from the horrible tiger temples.
© FOUR PAWS | Amanda Mustard

More than 800 tigers abused for tourist entertainment

Wild animals are rapidly declining in numbers and being abused for tourist entertainment. It’s estimated that there were more than 800 tigers in Thai entertainment venues at the beginning of 2016. Several years ago, the Thai government introduced an animal welfare law that allows for the confiscation of illegally kept wildlife. FOUR PAWS supports Thai authorities in their efforts to improve animal welfare in the country. 

FOUR PAWS specialists showed the right use of modern medical equipment and gave lectures.
© FOUR PAWS | Amanda Mustard

40 government veterinarians attended our training

We are thrilled that so many local veterinarians attended our training in March. We share with them our experience in treating the diseases that confiscated wild animals often suffer from, such as dental and eye problems.


The Thai government is to be commended for this great cooperation, which is unique and was conducted in a collegial atmosphere.

The stations are housing, among other animals, 147 tigers of tiger temples.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Helping the animals

Along with delivering training courses, FOUR PAWS employees improved keeping conditions at two confiscation centres: Khao Zon and Khao Prathap Chang. The centres have, among other animals, 147 tigers that were confiscated from the well-known Tiger Temple in June last year.


The team renovated enclosures by providing better substrate, fixing damaged fencing, as well as installing resting platforms and enrichment. The wild animals were clearly pleased with the improvements, which offer the distractions and activity so much needed by animals in captivity.

Representatives of FOUR PAWS and DNP will discuss further steps in the cooperation in April 2017.
© FOUR PAWS | Amanda Mustard

Next steps

The program is part of a long-term initiative by FOUR PAWS to improve the welfare of captive wildlife and build a state of the art wildlife rescue centre in Thailand. Back in March 2016 FOUR PAWS met with Thailand’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment to make a proposal for building a species appropriate facility for confiscated wildlife.


Better facilities will enable the authorities in Thailand to confiscate more animals in their efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Representatives from FOUR PAWS and the DNP will meet in April 2017 to discuss further stages of this cooperation.