MU Gift Helps Tigers On Court and in Wild
Thanks to the gift, MU students may now have the opportunity to work hands on in helping the tigers.
Mark Ryan, Director of Natural Resources said, "Our ability to get students from here at MU into those tiger range countries to help us deliver those programs. Also for them then to learn international conservation issues and to connect our students with their professionals."
MU organized the "Tigers for Tigers" campaign in 1999 as the nation's first tiger mascot conservation program. Experts estimate only three to five thousand tigers remain in the wild. According to the world wildlife fund, tiger populations declined by more than 95% over the last century. A portion of the donation will go to countries where education on saving tigers is limited.
Loewenberg believes to help wild tigers, it is important to focus on the people who live in their surroundings.
"We need to make the tiger an important economic benefit for them. We need to develop tourism to make them a vital part of their community and learn to live with the tiger," said Loewenberg.
Reported By Courtney Daly
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