This week we once again visit the Siracha Tiger Zoo.

 

I’m covering the Siracha Tiger Zoo again so soon because things have changed.  In the entire Tiger Zoo there used to be a single location where you could freely photograph running and playing tigers without a glass partition of fence of some kind between you and the tiger.  This was the only location I’ve ever heard this was possible.  During a workshop a few weeks ago I discovered the management had installed thick steel bars I assume to keep the tigers from jumping out and eating people.  Maybe the incident last year in San Francisco where some stoned teenagers teased the tigers so much they jumped out and attacked them prompted the new bars.  I’m not sure.  All I know is now this one special location is much more limited than before.  It’s still possible to take some nice images, but not nearly the same as before.

 

I’m covering the Siracha Tiger Zoo again so soon because things have changed.  In the entire Tiger Zoo there used to be a single location where you could freely photograph running and playing tigers without a glass partition of fence of some kind between you and the tiger.  This was the only location I’ve ever heard this was possible.  During a workshop a few weeks ago I discovered the management had installed thick steel bars I assume to keep the tigers from jumping out and eating people.  Maybe the incident last year in San Francisco where some stoned teenagers teased the tigers so much they jumped out and attacked them prompted the new bars.  I’m not sure.  All I know is now this one special location is much more limited than before.  It’s still possible to take some nice images, but not nearly the same as before.

 

Looking straight across the pen you can capture the tigers in their man made cave structure as they sleep and play and keep an eye on you.

 

Looking straight across the pen you can capture the tigers in their man made cave structure as they sleep and play and keep an eye on you.

 

Tigers are curious if not drugged up which they tend to be in such places.  They can be very curious and watch your every move.

 

Tigers are curious if not drugged up which they tend to be in such places.  They can be very curious and watch your every move.

 

Sometimes they even get to their feet and check you out really well and make you think about how far tigers can really jump.

 

Sometimes they even get to their feet and check you out really well and make you think about how far tigers can really jump.

 

Other times they could care less and snooze the afternoon way.

 

Other times they could care less and snooze the afternoon way.

 

Tigers sleep together like domestic cats.

 

Tigers sleep together like domestic cats.

 

You can still achieve a decent angle right up to the edge of the big pond, but not any further.

 

You can still achieve a decent angle right up to the edge of the big pond, but not any further.

 

Tigers will.. well.. ummm.. errrr…  Tigers will be tigers..

 

Tigers will.. well.. ummm.. errrr…  Tigers will be tigers..

 

This is a fun place with lots of different shows and attractions.  If you’re even in the Pattaya area and want to spend a fun afternoon with tigers give the Siracha Tiger Zoo a visit.

 

This is a fun place with lots of different shows and attractions.  If you’re even in the Pattaya area and want to spend a fun afternoon with tigers give the Siracha Tiger Zoo a visit.