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Forget incrementally better, try fundamentally different welfare enhancing tiger habitat

Dr Jake Veasey

Mar 31, 2023

Have you ever wondered why captive tigers pace? Our AWPIS assessment of the needs of tigers revealed why, and we have been developing innovative solutions to address these needs that will re-shape the future of tiger care and facility design

Here is a sneak-peek render, of a tiny corner of a tiger habitat currently in development that we are designing in Germany. There's a lot more to this innovative space than meets the eye, and there are some very good reasons why it looks more like the forests of Sumatra or the Sundarbans than any zoo space you’ll have seen before, and it has nothing to do with aesthetics!

Embedded within this habitat will be an ecosystem of truly ground-breaking technologies designed to replicate the functional complexity of the wild; allowing tigers to interact with a dynamic landscape, empowering them to make meaningful choices, and seek biologically relevant opportunities that are subject to natural contingencies, including travel.

The habitat will also be engineered to monitor the physical and psychological wellbeing of the animals in an entirely non-invasive way, giving unparalleled insights into the day-to-day welfare of the tigers.

This project is a result of a long-term collaboration between animal welfare NGO’s, field biologists, welfare and computer scientists and zoos and has its foundation firmly grounded in the latest scientific understanding of the needs of wide-ranging animals generally, and tigers specifically.

To find out more how Care for the Rare can work with you to help solve the challenges of wild animals in managed environments, and especially wide-ranging species from elephants to orangutan, and polar bears to lions, please feel free to get in touch at

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