Are There Tigers in Africa?

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Are there tigers in Africa
This tiger was in Africa, along with plenty more.

Are there tigers in Africa? No, of course not, not wild ones, but that’s me holding a baby tiger in South Africa.

We came across these adorable cubs at a private Nature Park, not too far from Johannesburg. I had to pay my money and give them a cuddle, who wouldn’t?

It was only afterwards that I started to wonder, why on earth are they breeding tigers in South Africa?

If you’d like to check on global tiger distribution see this tiger map from WWF.

We loved the nature park, we drove around the vast enclosures and saw plenty of African animals, there was a cafe that did great toasted sandwiches and had a resident hippo.

We really felt we were out in the African bush, not a park.


There were some larger lion cubs that you could pet, too, no children in this pen, obviously.

It was Chef’s turn to meet these savage predators.


Aren’t they beautiful?

But the tiger question is bugging me, why would they be producing so many tiger cubs?

I really don’t know, I hope they’re not destined to be tourist attractions in Asia or hunted by men with big guns and small hearts.

The sort who are happy to hand over wads of cash to shoot and kill a trophy. There were a lot of tigers there, the enclosures were great and the animals looked well cared for. But why? I’d like to think it’s a conservation project, or maybe just a zoo. Can you tell me?

You can see more of our adventures in the South African game reserves by clicking the link.

Are there tigers in Africa? World Travel Family blog

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

5 thoughts on “Are There Tigers in Africa?”

  1. The tigers have been introduced to Sub-Saharan Africa because they are highly endangered in their native Asia. There are less than 30 000 wild tigers across the globe. In Sub-Saharan Africa, we have had a long history of successful repopulate of Big Cats. There are plenty of African experts in doing this. Hope that answers your question.

  2. I don’t know the answer but I love the pictures!


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