SHOULD TIGERS BE A CASH CROP?

Welcome to the World's Largest Tiger Farm,'' says the green-and-blue sign outside Somphong Temsiriphong's new zoo. The Sriracha Farm Zoo and Resort Co. is certainly a breed apart. Down a country road 2 1/2 hours from the roar of Bangkok traffic, the private reserve is home to an eclectic collection of wallabies, deer, camels and 20,000 Asian crocodiles. But the budding zookeeper's pride--and the source of considerable controversy among conservationists around the world--is his menagerie of 35 hybrid Asian tigers. ``Some of these animals are becoming extinct, and I want to have a place where people can enjoy them,'' Somphong recently...

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