A New Jersey Facility Seeks to Import Tigers from Canada

An unaccredited facility in New Jersey called “Popcorn Park” has applied for an Endangered Species Act permit to import one male and one female tiger, born at the now-shuttered Bowmanville Zoo, from Cherry Brook Zoo in New Brunswick, Canada, which also is closing permanently. All subspecies of tigers, including tigers with inter-subspecific or unknown breeding history, have the highest level of protection on the Endangered Species List and the multilateral CITES wildlife treaty. The applicant will have to demonstrate that the underlying purpose for which it is seeking to import the pair of tigers is to further the propagation or survival of the species. Interested parties may submit comments to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through November 18, 2021.