Tigers Helping Tigers
"Anybody who doesn't think we would rather have them in the wild is crazy. They belong in the wild," said D&D farm owner Deb Tolentino.
Tony is an unusual member of the Tolentino family.
Tolentino rescued the abused tiger. Now, Mizzou's "Tigers for Tigers" is raising money to keep tigers like Tony protected and in the wild where they belong. It's all part of Tiger Awareness week that started on October 2nd and continues through the 8th.
"It's very clear that without doing anything, tigers will disappear from the wild, so we're just trying to take that first step to help them out," said Tigers for Tigers co-chair Matthew Gompper.
An educational tiger movie called "Two Brothers" kicked off tiger awareness week at Missouri Theater. An auction, art exhibit, and tiger expert are other events that are scheduled throughout the week.
"The student group that is running this effort...They are doing this simply because they would like to see these animals persist for the long run, " explained Tolentino.
Tolentino has devoted her life to rescuing these abandoned tigers. She says Mizzou's conservation fundraiser will help protect these animals and keep them in the wild.
"At the same time that you want to keep them in the wild, you also want to protect them in the wild. So they need places that are protected for these guys."
Although these beasts may seem ferocious, they still need some help from their close relatives here in Missouri and Tigers for Tigers is trying to move forward with that effort.
The goal of the week is to raise $5,000 for wild tiger conservation.