LSU has announced a new fundraising campaign that will support LSU students’ efforts to save tigers in the wild. Tiger fans, and anyone who loves and appreciates these majestic animals, can contribute to the fund through the LSU Foundation at lsufoundation.org/tigerconservation.
LSU has teamed up with three other universities through the U.S. Tiger University Consortium that has “Tigers” as mascots. Those universities include Auburn University, Clemson University, and the University of Missouri. Their goal is to help save wild tigers from extinction. These four universities are working to save tigers by raising awareness of the issue and by raising funds that will help the cause in various ways. The consortium is part of the Global Tiger Forum hosted through the World Bank’s Global Tiger Initiative.
A press released states that LSU’s fundraising campaign will create a fellowship program for undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students interested in conducting research on tiger management and conservation. Fellowships will be available to students in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Renewable Natural Resources and the College of Science. The program will enable these students to conduct research that will help to preserve tiger habitats in the wild and increase the dwindling tiger populations. In turn, the education of these students will contribute to the growing global need for biologists and veterinarians trained in conservation biology, wildlife medicine, and ecosystem health.
“Out of love for our great mascot, we have developed the LSU Tiger Conservation Fund to make sure that tigers not only survive but will one day thrive in their natural habitats,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “As Louisiana’s flagship university, research is a key part of our mission, and this fund will allow our students to engage in work that will have a real impact on the wild tiger population.”