Tigers For Tigers Coalition
Tigers For Tigers Coalition (T4TCoalition.org) was founded in 1997 as a way of harnessing the team spirit of colleges with tiger mascots to protect tigers. It has grown over the years and has been inclusive of any tiger mascotted school who wanted to participate. This year they held their first National Summit at Clemson University and asked a number of tiger experts to come talk to the students about the real steps they can take, right now, to protect tigers.
They were able to secure an amazing line up of speakers. I would have made the 1,200 mile round trip just to hear Ron Tilson, but the rest of the tiger celebrities in that room made it well worth the travel. You can see the entire line up here: http://www.t4tcoalition.org/#!list-of-speakers/c116k They had a videographer there who will be posting soon, so you may be able to see the presentations in full soon. It will be well worth your time to check in frequently to look for them, as they were all excellent!
A special shout out to Sean Carnell, who facilitated the summit in a way that made me think, time and time again, that if Howie had a son, it would have been this guy. He summarized why protecting tigers was important to him saying, “One of my worst fears is being asked the question, “Why didn’t you save them Daddy?” I wouldn’t know how to respond. I would feel disheartened, disgusted and depressed, knowing that we had the opportunity to save the tiger and we watched them disappear.” He did a great job of making sure that the speakers covered the huge range of issues facing the tigers, and in making sure that everything stayed on tract, with a tiger like focus on viable results.
Everyone I met, from the speakers to the students from many Universities, were all passionate about one thing: Saving Tigers. It was a great way to spend the day!
I felt honored to be asked to present about the role that sanctuaries play in protecting tigers. They were surprised to learn that cub petting and pay to play sessions with tiger cubs is driving them to extinction, by creating a legal cover for illegal activities. More about cub petting.
T4T-SaveTheTiger is the link to the print out of my slide show presentation and notes. The actual slide show presentation was too large to upload here, but I will try to convert it to a movie file soon. There were two videos in my presentation. One is embedded below, but the other is owned by someone else and you can request to see it at http://tigersinamerica.org/
The most exciting part of the summit for me was to see these young people make tiger protection part of their life’s mission. After hearing the presentations the students all came up with a fair plan of representation from each school, so that they have an equal voice, and they came up a vision of saving wild tigers and protecting captive tigers and with their goals: Education, Recruiting, Promoting and Taking Action and concrete steps toward implementing each. They even did an impromptu filming of the students that will act as their first unified effort to recruit all tiger mascot schools.
I think that Tigers for Tigers is off to a grrrreat start and was proud that Big Cat Rescue was invited to be a part of it.
Photos from Tigers for Tigers Coalition’s first Tiger Summit. I video taped Ron Tilson’s talk and hope to post it tomorrow.
Dear Carole Baskin,
It was an absolute pleasure to have you attend the 1stAnnual National Tigers for Tigers Summit. Your advice, guidance, and expertise were encouraging to all of the students, ensuring us that we can make an impact in tiger conservation. By unifying a group of eager students across the country, we can now progress as a movement. We thank you for your inviting charm and character when interacting with the students. It was apparent that everyone felt at ease and comfortable among you and the other distinguished guests and tiger advocates.
The National Summit was a great success. All of the students were fully engaged in the conversations and developed wonderful ideas to progress forward in the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition. Their passion, drive, and sense of ownership will make the national organization a great success. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future!
Clemson University Tigers for Tigers
Back at Big Cat Rescue
A wonderful work group came out for a little team building and landscaping.
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