FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INTERNATIONAL TIGER DAY & FUNDS RAISED FOR TIGER CONSERVATION
Aldergrove – In support of International Tiger Day the Greater Vancouver Zoo celebrated a whole weekend of Tiger awareness at the Zoo from July 27th through July 29th. Lots of great information about tiger conservation was shared including a confiscated tiger hide to explain why these beautiful animals should not be poached, tiger coloring sheets, tiger conservation buttons for everyone and a raffle.
Vanessa Burns and Trevor Walden (Volunteers at the Greater Vancouver Zoo)
The raffle for a plush stuffed baby tiger was held to help support Tiger Conservation in the wild! In total we raised $136 from the raffle, and would like to congratulate our lucky winner “Natalie of Langley”. 100% of the proceeds raised through this raffle will go towards Panthera’s Tiger conservation programs.
“Panthera is involved in wild cat conservation efforts around the globe.” Of all of the cats in the world, the tiger is the world’s largest and one of the most endangered! According to the information provided on Panthera’s website, in 1913 there were 100,000 tigers in the wild and now in 2013 we are down to as little as 3,200. Tigers are no longer in 93% of their historic range due to illegal hunting, habitat loss, over hunting of prey and human-tiger conflict. Panthera plans are to protect the tigers by making significant changes:
You can provide funding for tiger conservation or to learn more by visiting http://www.panthera.org/blog/earn-your-tiger-stripes-donate-share-pantheras-tiger-infographic.
At the Greater Vancouver Zoo we currently have 3 endangered Siberian Tigers – Sweetie, Hana and Hani. In the wild there are estimated to be as few as 400 – 500 Siberian Tigers living primarily in eastern Russia, although some exist in China and North Korea.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle and we hope you will continue helping tigers in the wild!
Phone: 604.856.6825 x 27