The tiger runs deep through Clemson's history. It's a symbol of our pride and our passion.
Just as wild tigers dominate their territory, so too do Clemson Tigers dominate in the classroom and on the playing field. The tiger is at the heart of our pursuit for excellence. It is inspiration for the kind of university we want to be.
Yet, tragically, the tiger is in danger. Professionals estimate that fewer than 3,900 tigers still exist in the wild, and those that remain face an uncertain future.
In response, Clemson has embraced Tigers Always — a tiger conservation initiative in partnership with the U.S. Tiger University Consortium, an organization composed of Clemson, Auburn University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri. The universities are combining their expertise in training, research, technology and communications for a common goal: saving tigers.
As Clemson Tigers, we can't sit back as the few tigers left dwindle down to the point of extinction. We must take a stand alongside our fellow tiger schools to protect our beloved mascot.
Join us. Don't let our Tiger be history.
Tigers still roam free in 13 nations known as tiger range countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam. In these countries, however, tigers face constant pressure from poaching and habitat loss.
Between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers live in captivity in the United States, but only an estimated 3,890 remain in the wild worldwide.
The tiger could be extinct within the coming decade if strong conservation efforts are not put into place.
Illegal wildlife trade generates up to $20 billion each year. One tiger can bring as much as $50,000 on the black market.
Wild tiger extinction would unbalance the current ecosystem because the tiger is a significant part of the food chain.
Clemson partners with the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) — an intergovernmental and international tiger conservation body — to save wild tigers.
Tigers have lost 93% of their historical range. They now occupy only 7% of the land where they once thrived.
100% of your gift to Tigers Always will support Clemson's efforts to protect wild tigers. It will support efforts by Clemson faculty and students, including:
• Research, outreach and on-the-ground training in countries where tigers roam free
• Engagement activities that inform and enhance tiger conservation abroad and in the U.S., including on Clemson's own campus
• Student scholarships and faculty research support to study conservation issues related to protecting the wild tiger
• The adaptation of emerging technologies for use by wildlife professionals in tiger range countries.