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Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand's raided Tiger Temple

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, wildlife officials sedate a tiger at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Less than a year after Thai police shut down a Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger zoo while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts, a new zoo is planning to open right next door. A tour agency is already advertising excursions there and a lawyer for the former temple said Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, the new zoo should be completed in two or three months. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT

    FILE - In this Monday, May 30, 2016 file photo, wildlife officials sedate a tiger at the "Tiger Temple" in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Less than a year after Thai police shut down a Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger zoo while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts, a new zoo is planning to open right next door. A tour agency is already advertising excursions there and a lawyer for the former temple said Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, the new zoo should be completed in two or three months. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 2, 2016 file photo, National Parks and Wildlife officers examine the skin of a tiger at the "Tiger Temple," in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Less than a year after Thai police shut down a Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger zoo while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts, a new zoo is planning to open right next door. A tour agency is already advertising excursions there and a lawyer for the former temple said Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, the new zoo should be completed in two or three months. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT

    FILE - In this June 2, 2016 file photo, National Parks and Wildlife officers examine the skin of a tiger at the "Tiger Temple," in Saiyok district in Kanchanaburi province, west of Bangkok, Thailand. Less than a year after Thai police shut down a Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger zoo while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts, a new zoo is planning to open right next door. A tour agency is already advertising excursions there and a lawyer for the former temple said Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, the new zoo should be completed in two or three months. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT  (The Associated Press)

A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking the endangered beasts.

The closed Tiger Temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi had operated for more than a decade despite concerns about trafficking and possible mistreatment of its tigers.

The temple's 137 tigers and animal parts were seized by the government last May and June, and police are still investigating possible criminal charges against temple employees and monks.

A tour agency is already advertising excursions to the new zoo, and a lawyer for the former temple says the new zoo should be completed in two or three months.