Auburn University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri want their mascot to roar forever.
That's why they are joining forces to form the Tigers United University Consortium, committed to saving wild tigers worldwide.
According to best estimates, there are fewer than 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild.
The reasons for dwindling populations are varied.
Major issues include loss of tigers' natural habitats and poaching, which affects the 13 tiger range countries.
The Tigers United University Consortium was initiated by Clemson University President James P. Clements, who also serves on the Global Tiger Initiative Council. Comprised of business and conservation leaders, this international council assists the Global Tiger Forum in saving remainig populations of wild tigers, with a goal of doubling tiger numbers in the wild by 2022, which is the next Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar.
Through the consortium, the four universities combine their expertise in academic disciplines important to tiger conservation and protection—wildlife management, engineering, environmental science, conservation social science, veterinary medicine, communications, and eco-tourism, to name a few. With more than one university approaching the problem, the odds of success increase.
The four universities are concentrating their tiger conservation efforts in four areas:
creating the next generation of environmental leaders in the 13 tiger range countries through existing graduate programs and on-the-ground professional development
conducting research that supports evidence-based decision making by conservation professionals in tiger range countries
applying cutting-edge technologies that allow innovative approaches to wildlife conservation challenges
raising awareness of the issue with worldwide stakeholders
Dear Fellow Educators,
I am very pleased you have elected to review and adopt the Team Up for Tigers program on tiger conservation in your school or classroom.
As a consortium of four land-grant universities, we believe in the importance of educating the American people about the plight of the wild tiger — our beloved mascot. Since this is our mascot, we feel an obligation to help in the Global Tiger Recovery Program in any way we can.
Therefore, our efforts will have an impact both in tiger-range countries and here in the United States. One of the critical things we can do here at home is educate our citizens about the tragic decline in the number of tigers remaining in the wild. Today, there are fewer than 4,000 tigers left in the wild.
One of the best places to start is with our elementary school students. We have designed this program so you can flexibly change out components such as activities or videos depending on the needs of your students. The Resource Guide provides weblinks that take you easily to websites containing videos, maps and other educational materials.
We ask you to share this resource with other educators. We welcome your feedback once you’ve implemented pieces of the program. Please see the pdf form below to complete to share your thoughts on the program and any suggestions you have for improvement.
We hope you enjoy this unit on the world’s largest cat! We welcome you and your students to our tiger family!