College of Health, Education and Human Development

Tiger conservationists cheer the Tigers to victory

Among those at the tailgate were Brett Wright, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Alison Westcott, World Bank/GTI; Dean Larry Allen, College of Health, Education, and Human Development; Robert Powell, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Bruno Laporte, Keshav Varma and Andrey Kushlin, World Bank/GTI; and (seated) Erik Rolland, University of California-Merced.

Some of the world’s leading tiger conservationists cheered the Tigers to their homecoming victory over Wake Forest.

Representatives of the World Bank/Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) were at Clemson meeting with the university’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism as part of efforts to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022. The two groups gathered to plan a leadership in conservation workshop in Bhutan, and during their time on campus, the World Bank/GTI guests attended the September 28 game and enjoyed a tailgate and Clemson hospitality!

Started in 2008, the Global Tiger Initiative is an effort of the World Bank, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Zoo. Clemson became a partner in the effort in 2012, engaging in the World Bank/GTI tiger conservation conferences and developing a Creative Inquiry class to study the communications networking potential in tiger conservation efforts.

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The tiger conservationists have a moment with Clemson's most famous Tiger before the game. Brett Wright of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Bruno Laporte of the World Bank/GTI; and Dean Larry Allen of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development pose for a photo with a pretty impressive background. Go Tigers!
Kenya native and parks, recreation and tourism management Ph.D. student James Nampushi (right) drops by the tailgate to greet Brett Wright of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (center) and World Bank/GTI representatives. From left, Dean Larry Allen of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development; parks, recreation and tourism management Ph.D. student and Kenya native James Nampushi; and Keshav Varma of the World Bank/GTI.