Proposed Exceptional Circumstances Permit - Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Invitation to comment

The Minister for the Environment (or his delegate) is considering granting a permit to Zoodoo Wildlife Park to import two live tigers (Panthera tigris) from Attica Zoo in Greece under exceptional circumstances.

The pair of tigers proposed for import are no longer required for breeding at Attica Zoo, and they are occupying space that could be used for new program specimens with new genetics. There are no suitable breeding tigers within Australian zoos that will meet Zoodoo Wildlife Park’s future breeding requirements. Zoodoo Wildlife Park’s tigers will be used in a tiger experience program to deliver messages about tiger conservation. Fifteen per cent of the funds directly generated by these experiences will be devoted to tiger conservation, in addition to conservation donations directly solicited from visitors.

Tigers are listed on Appendix I of CITES and trade in this species is very strictly regulated.

This application does not meet the requirements of s.303CG of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act), because it does not meet any of the eligible non-commercial purposes.

This permit may only be issued if exceptional circumstances exist, the import would not be contrary to the objects of Part 13A of the EPBC Act, the import would not adversely affect biodiversity, and the grant of the permit would not be contrary to CITES.

The applicant has requested consideration of their application under exceptional circumstances, in that:

  • the proposed import of the tigers would not be contrary to the objectives of Part 13A of the Act
  • the import provides the opportunity to promote international cooperation in tiger conservation
  • the tigers will help to promote awareness of global wildlife conservation within the Australian community
  • the tigers would be used in a public education program to deliver messages about tiger conservation
  • the import will ensure that Zoodoo Wildlife Park’s contribution to global tiger conservation can be maintained and increased.

You are invited to provide comments on the proposal to issue this permit, and any comments will be taken into account in making the decision.

Invitation to comment period closes 20 May 2014 (5 business days).

Please address any comments to:

Director
Wildlife Trade Assessments
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Email: wta@environment.gov.au