Grosse Tete, Louisiana: Live Tiger - Tiger Truck StopLive tiger in a cage at the Tiger Truck Stop. Exhibiting tigers -- while you refuel -- for over 20 years.
Tiger Truck Stop
- Garner Lane, Grosse Tete, LA
- I-10 exit 139, southwest side. Tony's cage is right out front, just off the freeway exit ramp.
Visitor Tips and News About Live Tiger - Tiger Truck Stop
Tony is 11 years old -- that is a long life for a tiger. Born in 2000, the live tiger truck stop has been the birthplace of 13 tiger cubs, 10 of which survived and are now living in zoos.[Marissa, 07/15/2012]
Better see him soon. A judge has decided that once the truck stops permit expires, this coming fall, they will not renew the permit.[Terri, 06/12/2011]
We stumbled across this by mistake. It's a disturbing attraction. Tony the Tiger is on display at a 2-bit road side gas station in Grosse Tete. The stench of fuel drifts across his small caged area, sounds of non-stop trucks trundle past and thoughtless and/or heartless people point, giggle and gawp!
On returning home we learned that there has been a campaign for quite some years to move Tony to a sanctuary where he could live out the remainder of his life in peace and quiet. This was stymied by the owner and government officials who showed little care in their response to international complaints.
We ourselves complained to local officials about this cruel spectacle, but all calls and emails went unanswered. This in itself says a lot about the archaic attitude to this beautiful creature's predicament.[David Bastille, 08/07/2010]
We received a number of comments today about Tony's situation (Roadside America has not visited this attraction in person, relying on tips contributed from past visitors). Info on the ongoing campaign for the tiger's welfare can be found in the facebook group and at Born Free USA. And here's what the owner has to say.
Tony, who is the only tiger at the truck stop in Grosse Tete, LA, has lived there for 9 years. On December 14th, 2009, the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries granted the final permit Tony's owner needed to keep him at the truck stop. Although people from all over the world voiced their concern for Tony and his well-being, their pleas were ignored and unanswered. Tony could have a had a wonderful home at an accredited big cat sanctuary with a natural habitat, a pool to swim in, the proper diet, medical care and enrichment he needs and deserves, but the LDW&F chose to allow his owner to continue displaying him at the truck stop 24/7. It is a very sad, disturbing situation, and those of us who support Tony's freedom will continue to be a voice for him.[Tigress62, 03/06/2010]
Lonely tiger in a small enclosure. Kind of sad really. The tiger is very large.[Tony Marchant, 02/09/2010]