According to news reports, Faruk, a male, and Kismet, a female Bengal tiger, were brought to Six flags Discovery Kingdom in July 2014 at age ONE MONTH. Tigers normally nurse until the age of six months and stay with their mothers two years. Premature maternal deprivation causes physical and emotional problems in tigers. This is a prime example of profit trumping animal welfare at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
What is wrong with this picture - aside from the poor quality? It is a screen shot of a Youtube video of Odin, the Bengal tiger at Six Flags, while he was pacing endlessly - a stereotypical behavior caused by boredom and stress in captivity. At this moment his pacing is interrupted by screaming people on a roller coaster right next to his enclosure. In addition to the screaming people and the roar of the roller coaster, this normally nocturnal being listens to a loud speaker blaring right outside his enclosure all day long. By nature, Bengal tigers are loners and avoid humans. They have territories 40 to 70 square miles that they protect.
Six Flags likes to talk about how endangered tigers are in the wild and especially how endangered white Bengal tigers are is if they are doing something to help. All of the white Bengal tigers in captivity are descended from one single Bengal tiger and are inbred. They have no conservation value whatsoever. Nor do any other tigers at Six Flags have any conservation value. Conservation is achieved by protecting the habitat of the animals in the wild or by breeding animals for release into the wild as California condors have been. The only purpose the tigers at Six Flags serve is for profit.
As pitiful as Odin's enclosure is, he is living in the lap of luxury compared to the other Six Flags tigers. Six Flags has eight tigers, and most of them are kept in kennels where the public can't see them.