Clemson Tigers for Tigers hosting awareness week events
CLEMSON — The Clemson University chapter of Tigers for Tigers (T4T) will host events next week to promote National Tiger Awareness Week.
Highlights include a talk by Judy Mills, author of “Blood of the Tiger: A Story of Conspiracy, Greed, and the Battle to Save a Magnificent Species,” and “Spot the Tiger,” the annual event where the campus tries to keep the Clemson Tiger mascot from being caught by a pursuing “poacher.”
The week’s events include:
Monday, Nov. 9
Trivia and Wing Eating Contest, 5:30 p.m.
Wingin’ It Bar and Restaurant, downtown Clemson
Trivia will end at 6:30 p.m. with the wing-eating contest to follow. Prizes include a replica helmet signed by Andre Ellington, a gift basket from Raspberry Fizz boutique and gift cards for restaurants in downtown Clemson.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Documentary showing, 7 p.m.
McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center
“The Elephant in the Living Room” is a documentary showcasing the American subculture of keeping dangerous animals as household pets.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Guest speaker Judy Mills, 7 p.m.
Mills, author and renowned international wildlife investigator, will be giving a speech about her book and the importance of tiger conservation.
Spot the Tiger, all day
Spot the Tiger, one of T4T’s most popular events, raises awareness of the dangers of poaching. Throughout the day, Clemson’s Tiger mascot will run around campus to try and avoid the “poacher.” Students and staff are encouraged to help stop the Tiger from being caught, using #saveourmascot.
Friday, Nov. 13
Tiger Fest, 2-6 p.m.
Tiger Fest is a celebration of Clemson’s mascot and other environmental organizations on campus. There will be face painting, games, “Pie a Professor” and a photo booth.
“The amazing part of National Tiger Awareness Week is being able to teach my fellow tigers how to use that dedication protect our mascot in the wild and in captivity,” said Diane Dotson, vice president of T4T. “This week unifies us and teaches us what a big difference we can make to save our mascot.”
Tigers for Tigers began at Clemson University in 1997 to raise awareness about the critical conservation status of the tiger. Several universities across the nation with tiger mascots now are part of the National Tigers for Tigers Coalition.
T4T works closely with Big Cat Rescue, an organization aimed at stopping the private possession of exotic pets. Proceeds from the Tiger Awareness Week events will be sent to Teisha, a tiger at Big Cat Rescue in need of medical attention.
With only 3,200 left in the wild, tigers are facing extinction due to habitat destruction and poaching.