More tigers live in captivity in the United States than in the wild in Asia and Russia. Many live in unregulated, substandard sanctuaries, roadside zoos, backyards and even city apartments. Few owners can meet the housing and welfare needs of these animals, putting not only the animals at risk, but neighbors as well.
It is estimated that about 60 tigers are currently being held in captive breeding facilities in South Africa.
Interpol estimates the worldwide illegal trade in wildlife products is worth US$6 to 10 billion dollars annually. Experts say this is second only to the illegal drug trade and is contributing to the current mass extinction crisis.
Stats and image from IFAW: http://www.ifaw.org