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According to best estimates, there are fewer than 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild. The reasons for dwindling populations are varied. Major issues include loss of tigers' natural habitats and poaching, which affects the 13 tiger range countries around the globe.

Rachelle Leigh Beckner is a very passionate person, yet did not expect to find her passion in saving tigers until she arrived at Clemson. This former journalist found her way into the classroom teaching and into the wild saving tigers, representing four land grant institutions.

Auburn University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri want their mascot to roar forever. That's why they are joining forces to form the Tigers United University Consortium, committed to saving wild tigers worldwide.

The Tigers United University Consortium was initiated by Clemson University President James P. Clements, who also serves on the Global Tiger Initiative Council. Comprised of business and conservation leaders, this international council assists the Global Tiger Forum in saving remaining populations of wild tigers, with a goal of doubling tiger numbers in the wild by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar.


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