Species: Panthera tigris
Favorite Food: Beef
Meet Maverick, Our TigerMaverick was confiscated by California Department of Fish & Wildlife from a celebrity who did not have the proper license to own an exotic animal. He came to us on April 20, 2014 at the estimated age of 9 months old. He was rambunctious and full of energy, just as a tiger cub should be. Maverick quickly grew into the 400+ pound tiger he is today.
Maverick's story is a perfect example of what happens when people decide they want a wild animal for a pet. Sure, they're cute for a few months, but then the reality of the situation sets in. Wild instincts begin to emerge, they become hard to handle and pose an extreme risk to the community, leaving the animal to face an uncertain future.
Often, these innocent creatures are euthanized, or spend their lives in dire conditions lacking the proper care that a wild animal requires. If they are lucky, they will find refuge at an accredited sanctuary, such as Lions Tigers & Bears.