Six Flags Great Adventure closes Tiger ShowSix Flags Great Adventure: Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ) has closed Temple of the Tiger. The world's tallest and fastest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, is named for Kingda Ka the tiger.
From Dave KuehneAll 6 of the tigers were banished to the Safari Park, never to see their human companions again. At least that's what the park says. No one has seen them in over a month.
Posted October 8, 2010 at 11:38 PM
UPDATE (10-7-2010): A message from "Christine Nordmann" on facebook has CONFIRMED that john fitzgerald closed Temple of the Tiger and fired the trainers for wanting to mate the tigers. The biological clock is ticking. It was a now or never situation. She may be pregnant. If so, will the park have the cubs aborted? Just six months sooner and the story would have had a happy ending. In fact, the story would have continued for a new generation of tiger performers. The cubs could have been accommodated at the facility, it was designed with cubs in mind! Look up Odin's Temple of the Tiger, in San Francisco. That's what we would have had at Great Adventure next season. That new park president john fitzgerald is a pea brained diot. CUBS ON STAGE! Imagine the media coverage. The crowds couldn't come fast enough. And talk about a return to profitability. The tigers win, the public wins, the park wins, the investors win. Instead we ALL lose! Good-bye Six Flags Great Adventure. It was a great five years, and I am thankful for that. Someone posted an AWESOME video of the Tigers performing at Great Adventure's Temple of the Tiger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTcwUolM-U8
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From Frances E. RobinsonPLEASE DO NOT CLOSE THE GOLDEN KINGDOM TIGER SHOW. THIS SHOW HAS PRESENTED LOTS OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES. THE TIGERS ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS IN THE KINGDOM/SAFARI.
Posted October 8, 2010 at 6:34 AM
KINGDA KA AND HER SISTER RAYNA PUT ON A MAGNIFICENT SHOW AS WELL AS THE OTHER TIGERS. THE TRAINERS ARE THE BEST.
THE RIDE KINGDA KA IS SIMPLY AWESOME. DO NOT TAKE AWAY THIS SHOW! IT WOULD BE SIMPLY HEARTBREAKING FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. ALL OF THE ANIMAL SHOWS ARE VERY EDUCATIONAL AS WELL.
PLEASE CONSIDER KEEPING THE SHOW! WE WANT THE CATS!!!!
COME ON PEOPLE, HELP US OUT. THE FELINES ARE ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. STOP TAKING THINGS AWAY FROM US AND RAISING YOUR PRICES......BRING BACK THE CATS!
From Dave KuehneUse any search engine to find the web site for Six Flags Great Adventure, and click "Contact Us". E-mail them or call them, jam their phone lines, crash their servers. Let the new park president hear from all of us. PRESIDENT FITZGERALD, BRING BACK THOSE CATS!
Posted October 7, 2010 at 3:39 PM
From Dave KuehneVideo of what got the Temple of the Tiger closed!
Posted October 8, 2010 at 11:48 PM
That's right, the tigers caught in the act! Looks REAL dangerous to me! NOT!
The 'dirty deed' is at 1:25. Enjoy!
From Dave KuehneThis update just in from a friend: I had a wonderful time at the park on Sunday for Fright Fest. However, I was once again saddened when I walked by the Temple of the Tiger area and see it so empty & sad. I really miss those cats. So I decided to take one of the safari tour buses in the afternoon. While enjoyable, I was even sadder to NOT see the Temple cats there. The tigers I saw were NOT Balin, Hara, Kingda Ka and the others. Where are my cats? Our bus driver told us the trainers are no longer working there (which I already know) and that the tigers are still in the Temple, yet one employee said they are in the safari. Are they locked up in cages indoors all the time? Those poor tigers must be so depressed! They had a wonderful life outside, interacting with the trainers who raised them, whom they considered their family, until corporate took them away by firing them for a silly reason. This show educated me (and the hundreds of thousands of others who saw the show) on how important it is to help preserve this beautiful animal! Over a century ago, there were more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now, it is estimated that there are fewer than 3,000. Due to poaching, habitat loss and scarcity of prey, all tigers are highly endangered and struggling to survive. Unless a solution is found, all wild tigers will become extinct. So what’s the problem with breeding the Temple tigers? You'd think the park would have welcomed some new cubs which could have been featured in the show. Instead those amazing trainers who dedicated their time to the cats were fired?! What's wrong with this picture?
Posted October 14, 2010 at 8:47 PM
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