Students’ skit aims to generate awareness for tiger conservation
CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Tigers for Tigers group hopes an on-campus skit Wednesday helps bring awareness to tiger conservation in the wild.
The skit will have The Tiger mascot running around campus being chased by “poachers,” according to Tigers for Tigers, which is working with a Creative Inquiry student team to put on the event.
The activity will happen between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in some of the high-traffic areas of campus, such as the Cooper Library and dining halls.
“This event is a fun and effective way to help bring attention about the dramatic decrease in tiger populations around the world,” said Rajiv Bery vice president of Tigers for Tigers.
The objective is to introduce students to issues about tiger conservation and encourage them to join the Tigers for Tigers community. The group hopes to prompt social media conversation that uses the hashtag #saveourmascot or collect donations to the cause on library bridge. The money collected will be sent to the group’s Indian partner Tiger Trust for its awareness programs called “Save the Roar.”
The tiger skit will be replicated at other tiger mascot schools in coordination with the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition.
Clemson Tigers for Tigers
Tigers for Tigers is a student-driven organization that is dedicated to preserving tigers through education, philanthropy and service learning on local and global levels. The goals are to increase awareness and interest in tiger-range countries and enhance Clemson University’s reputation for social responsibility and public service. For more information go to our website, Facebook and twitter.
The National T4T Coalition
The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition is a collaboration of students attending tiger mascot schools across the country. It aims to mobilize the public through education improve and/or create relevant policies and take direct action to ensure the survival of the tiger. As of right now 13 tiger mascot schools have joined together to promote this cause. The National Coalition was formed through the work done in a Clemson Creative Inquiry class. Students invited other schools to join and host the first National T4T Summit on Clemson campus. For more information go check out the website, Facebook and twitter.
Creative Inquiry is a unique program that gives Clemson University undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects that span disciplines and multiple semesters. Students work in teams with faculty mentors, take ownership of their projects and take the risks necessary to solve problems and get answers. Creative Inquiry participants develop critical thinking skills, learn to solve problems and hone their communication and presentation skills. For more information, go to www.clemson.edu/ci.