The spectacular Karoo landscape offers our tigers a variety of wildlife on which to prey, as well as a vast space to establish their own territories, without human interference.
They live normal lives. They hunt, mate, fight. They have family groups and can often showcase mother and cub interactions or four to six tigers in one frame. We can go off-road to track tigers on the move and observe their behaviour.
Because our tigers are wild, their numbers vary with time. We’ve been up to 26 and down to 10 in recent years.
The world is desperately searching for radical ways to protect endangered species. Tiger Canyon’s tiger population is a revolutionary safeguard to ensure the survival of the species.
At the start of the 20th century, there were around 100,000 wild tigers in the world. These animals are currently so endangered that there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left. This is a frighteningly low number, compared to more than 7,000 cheetahs and more than 18,000 rhinos worldwide.
Tiger Canyon is the only expanding population of wild tigers outside of Asia, with the only white wild tigers on Planet Earth.
Tiger Canyon’s original tigers arrived in South Africa in the year 2000. Nearly 20 years later, we have third and fourth-generation, wild born, wild raised tigers.
The experiment is over; we have proven that captive-born tigers can be re-wilded and that they can adapt to African conditions.
There are three climatic territories where tigers used to occur naturally; the frozen tundra of Siberia, tropical forests and mangrove swamps, and open grasslands. The Karoo resembles some of these climatic regions, which has aided the adaptation process.
“It is heartbreaking to think that by the time my children George, Charlotte and Louis are in their 20s, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild.”
Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference – London (2018)