A number of exotic animal sellers offer tiger cubs for sale online; however, as of 2014, it is only possible to buy and own tigers in the nine states where large exotic cat ownership is legal. These are Alabama, Delaware, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin. There are 14 other states that allow tiger ownership with a special permit.Know More
As of 2014, the cost of tiger cubs varies from about $800 for a normal yellow Bengal tiger to $3,000 to $5,000 for a white tiger. Most tiger cubs offered for sale have been checked by a vet and have papers. However, a prospective tiger owner needs to factor in a number of other costs including enough acreage to house a tiger and a cage large and strong enough to keep a tiger. An adult tiger eats up to 15 pounds of raw meat a day and also needs regular vitamins and vaccinations. Since tigers are difficult to transport, veterinarians need to visit on site. Liability insurance for owners of large cats can run up to several thousand dollars a year. In states that require permits, licenses and other fees are substantial.
Besides the costs involved, safety risks are significant. Tigers are carnivorous wild animals and are difficult-to-impossible to train. They spray urine everywhere to mark their territory and have strong, musky odors. Numerous pet tigers that were docile as cubs have been responsible for maulings and fatalities as adults. Once tigers become unmanageable, it is difficult to find zoos and sanctuaries that are willing to take them.Learn more about Large Cats
To survive, tigers need a sufficiently large space, plenty of cover, availability of prey and access to water. These environmental features enable the tiger's predatory lifestyle. Human activity, such as industrialization and poaching, are the biggest threats to the tiger's survival.Full Answer >
The primary reason that tigers are listed as an endangered species is because their habitats are being eradicated at a rapid rate. However, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade are important factors in their population decline as well. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the number of tigers in captivity in the United States outnumbers the total number of wild tigers in the world.Full Answer >
Tigers are best protected by ensuring they have access to plenty of food resources, safe habitats and healthy natural ecosystems. Meeting tigers' basic needs of food, shelter and clean living spaces allows them to breed and reproduce, which ultimately sustains their populations. Modifying harmful human activity, such as logging and poaching, can help tigers survive as well.Full Answer >
Tigers are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, a global organization that researches wildlife populations and grants endangered status. As of 2010, there are approximately 3,000 tigers left in the wild.Full Answer >