Today at Big Cat Rescue Nov 19 2013

Ron Tilson dies Nov 19 2013

Tiger Expert and Champion Ron Tilson Dies


Tilson, Ron L. age 69, of Apple Valley, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 16, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents. Ron is survived by his wife, Janet; his son, Lincoln (Amberly); granddaughter, Raelynn; sister, Sharilynn Womack; niece, nephew, colleagues and friends. Ron was a dedicated employee of the MN Zoo for 25 years and was an international consultant on Tiger Conservation. A gathering of family and friends for Ron will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 3-6 PM at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 147th & Garrett Ave., Apple Valley. Memorials are preferred to a conservation organization of the donor’s choice or to the MN Zoo’s Namibian Rhino Project. Henry W. Anderson 952-432-2331 –


Photo was taken April 20, 2013 at the Tigers for Tigers Conference.

Write a note in his memorial book at:


The last time I saw Ron was at the Tigers 4 Tigers Conference on April 20, 2013.



I am so glad to have been able to tape his wonderful talk about the plight of the tiger and his work to save this magnificent cat.  He recently completed an excellent book on the topic called Tigers of the World here as well:




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