In late 2011, we were alerted to the case of a tiger cub whod been transferred to Claws 'n' Paws in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.

Orion was born at the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona during April 2011. On the weekend of July 4th, he was transferred to Claws 'n' Paws in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. His arrival was announced on July 14, 2011. Some time in October 2011, he was sent back to the Wildlife World Zoo, under the pretense that they were unable to finance his new exhibit.

  • On June 10, he appeared with Beth on 99.9 KEZ radio, later appearing on FOX 10 news as well
  • On June 29, he was shipped to the CBS studio set of The Talk with Jack Hanna in Los Angeles; however, he did not appear on the final edit of the show
  • He was renamed Baji at Claws 'n' Paws
  • In November 2011, he appeared on a two part news special on FOX 10 news

Issues at Claws 'n' Paws

Although Orion has been removed, were still asking the USDA to revoke the facility's exhibitor's license and relocate the remaining animals to appropriate facilities, due to a documented neglectful environment.

Inadequate Diet

No Quarantine

Improper Containment

Multiple USDA Citations

Improper Enrichment

Unsanitary Conditions

Exposure to Extreme Winter Temperatures

Poor Conditions of Other Animals in the Facility

Operation Orion

The campaign officially started in September 2011 and ended in December 2011. We continue to monitor Orion in Arizona. Things that were done, included:

  • Investigations
  • USDA complaints filed
  • Contact and working with big cat experts *
  • Entered into an international, tiger stripe identification database **
  • A petition that garnered 700 signatures
  • Work with federal agencies
  • Letter to facility owner, Vince Hall
  • FOIA requests on facility warnings
  • Launched a global campaign
  • Letter sent to Wildlife World Zoo Director, Mickey Ollson

* View a report on Orion's former facility by a big cat expert.
** Wherever Orion ends up, we'll be able to identify him in photographs from anywhere in the world.

Wildlife World Zoo

While we commend the Wildlife World Zoo for taking Orion back and putting him in a safer environment, we are still gravely concerned for his future. They failed to home in a proper facility, one that couldnt even afford to home him in the first place, so while we have ended his campaign, we will continue to monitor him at the Wildlife World Zoo.

At the end of 2014, Orion was moved to a much larger exhibit. There have been a lot of changes on the ground, the zoo has cleaned up quite a bit, and Orion looks really good. Kudos Wildlife World Zoo for the improvements. We hope to see this positive direction continue.

If he is rehomed, he needs to be placed in a permanent home that can suit his needs as a species. In-Sync Exotics in Wylie, Texas, has already offered lifetime sanctuary.