In an effort to save endangered Tigers from extinction, the officials at the Department of Forestry are planning sell some of those Tigers to rich people. Here is an article that I've quoted from Google Alert.
JAKARTA — The Indonesian government has hatched a plan to save Sumatran tigers from extinction by allowing people to adopt captive-born animals as pets for 100,000 dollars a pair, officials said.
The forestry ministry said the plan could be put into practice as early as this year despite reservations from environmentalists, who say the focus should be on protecting habitats for the remaining 200 tigers in the wild.
"We're not selling or renting tigers. We're only authorizing people to look after them," forestry ministry conservation chief Darori told AFP.
"These people will have to follow certain conditions. The tigers will still belong to the government."
He said interested owners would have to "deposit" a billion rupiah (108,000 dollars) for a pair of tigers, which he called a "guarantee towards conservation."
The minimum area required to keep a pair would be around 60 square meters (646 square feet), although something the size of three football fields would be better, ministry officials said.
The animals' health would be monitored by government experts and mistreatment would be punished by fines or jail terms.
"Let's think of the tigers' new homes as mini-zoos," Darori said.
Another ministry official, Didi Wuryanto, dismissed fears the scheme could put a price on the heads of the few remaining wild tigers, which are nearing extinction due to habitat loss on their native Sumatra island.
Much of the jungles which the tigers' call home has been destroyed by rampant illegal logging overseen by the forestry ministry.
"The chances of people trapping Sumatran tigers alive in the wild and selling them are very low because of the high risk of getting caught and people finding out about it," Wuryanto said.
"Also, it's very hard to look after tigers trapped in the wild. They might refuse to eat and die."
He said there were about 30 captive-born tigers in Indonesia.
"This idea of selling the tigers to the public came about after several wealthy businessmen proposed buying them," Wuryanto said.
"They don't just want to own horses. They want to be acknowledged as special people with prestige, so they want to keep tigers.
"But we're not in it for the money... We want to save the tigers."
Although the officials used the word " Adoption " for the process of handing over those Tigers to rich people who want pay for them, and there are penalties for negligence, however in practice it is not easy to monitor them.
The best thing to do would be to let those Tigers stay in their own habitat but closely monitored by the Department of Forestry in cooperation with non government organizations and individuals who cared for them. If some rich people care about those Tigers they can give donations, and special visiting permit.