Anyone with an interest in animal conservation and tigers in particular could consider holidays to Thailand to visit one centre that rescues and breeds the majestic creatures.

Anyone with an interest in animal conservation and tigers in particular could consider holidays to Thailand to visit one centre that rescues and breeds the majestic creatures.

Nick Lewis wrote in an article for the Canwest News service about how he recently did just that and was deeply impressed by what he saw.

Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is situated in Kachanaburi province some 180 kilometres west of Bangkok and local monks care for the tigers, which can be approached by visitors.

Some 34 tigers have now been born there and the monks believe that the animal is sacred because it houses the reincarnated souls of dead relatives.

“The animals are treated with love and understanding,” said Mr Lewis, adding that although they can never return to the wild, they live to breed whereas they may have been poached if not in captivity.

Entry to Tiger Temple costs approximately £6.20, which goes towards the tigers’ care.

The Independent recently reported that holidays to India may offer the best chance of seeing tigers in the wild.

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