Week of the Tiger *RAWR*

Week of the Tiger *RAWR*

Tiger Awareness Week 2016

This year our goal for Tiger Awareness Week was to raise awareness about wild tigers and to raise money for WWF's Tx2 goal of doubling the wild tiger population by 2022. Tigers are the largest cat species on the planet and are a keystone species for the ecosystems they live in. In 1900 there were 100,000 wild tigers. By 2010 there were only 3,200 tigers left in the wild. This 97% decline was due to extensive habitat destruction and widespread poaching. In 2010 the 13 Asian countries with remaining tiger populations collaborated and decided that intense conservation efforts had to be made to save this iconic species. The goal was to double the population of wild tigers by the next Chinese year of the tiger, 2022. This goal was named Tx2. The Tx2 goal is not just to save tigers, but to be proactive about their future. This is a big goal, but is achievable with the effort from all 13 countries and WWF. WWF plays a major role in the Tx2 goal by: driving political movement to ensure tigers remain top priority for world leaders, training rangers and developing conservation standards and technology to achieve Zero Poaching, tackling illegal wildlife trade through partnership with TRAFFIC, focusing efforts in key tiger landscapes, and ensuring there is space for both tigers and people in the future. So far, the goal has been successful in raising the wild tiger population for the first time in over one hundred years! In April 2016 the wild tiger population was estimated to be 3890 tigers. Other successes include the return of tigers to Northeast China, Nepal becoming the first country to achieve Zero Poaching, the development of Conservation Assured l Tiger Standards, and the accreditation of two conservation sites in Nepal and Russia. 


Monday, November 14

Tiger Awareness Week kicked off on Monday, November 14 in the University Union. We had a table set up outside of the Susquehanna Food Court with the goal of raising awareness about the status of wild tigers. We helped Towson students to show their stripes by handing out tiger-stripe pins. We talked to many students who deeply care about the future of their mascot and gave out pamphlets to students who expressed an interest in making a positive impact on the wild tiger population. 

 


Wednesday, November 16

Tiger Awareness week continued on Wednesday, November 16 in Freedom Square with Doc, our Tiger mascot! This day's goal was to get Towson students involved. We asked students to share their view of tigers by writing why they care about tigers on a whiteboard and taking a picture with Doc! 

 


Friday, November 18

Tiger Awareness Week's roaring finale took place at Bill Bateman's Bistro on 7800 York Rd, Towson. Flyers for the fundraiser were given out all week for patrons to give to their server for 15% of their bill to be donated to WWF for the Tx2 goal. The fundraiser was a big success with many students and families there to show their support for tiger conservation! We held Tiger Trivia with facts about tigers, WWF, and Towson Tigers 4 Tigers! We conducted a 50/50 raffle, where half of the money collected was donated to WWF and the other half was given to the winner! We also conducted a raffle for Towson merchandise. Thanks to the support of the Towson community and the efforts of Towson T4T members by the end of the night we had raised $482.95 for WWF! The total amount raised for WWF, including the 15% back from Bateman's, was $ !!

 

GO TIGERS!

Local 3rd Graders Show Their Stripes

Local 3rd Graders Show Their Stripes

On Friday, the students of West Towson Elementary were beyond excited to be welcomed to school by our very own Doc! The students swarmed Doc, and their own mascot, Westie, for hugs and high fives.

 Doc is swarmed by excited students!

Doc is swarmed by excited students!

During the 3rd grade assembly, we had the honor of watching the students perform their “Big Cat Dance.” Students who donated a dollar to the Big Cat Initiative were allowed to wear a crazy hat all day, and we randomly selected two students from each class to win a National Geographic Big Cats book! In total the school was able to raise $530 which will be donated to the Big Cat Initiative! 

Over 30 3rd graders entered the Big Cat Essay contest, and we really loved reading all of the essays! Everyone who entered got small cat themed gifts. We chose 6 winners based on Most Factual, Most Creative and Best Description of Habitat, and they got a certificate signed by Mrs. Kuebler who helped arrange the whole event, a T4T member, and our very own TU President Schatzel!

Following the assembly, all of the 3rd graders gathered in the lower lobby area to hear our members present on tigers. We talked to them about why tigers are endangered and how they can help. The students were excited to participate and were very knowledgeable about tigers.

To help the students see how a tiger’s stripes are unique to each tiger (just like how our finger prints are unique to us), we showed the students how to give themselves tiger stripes using small pieces of tape and encouraged them to make their stripes unique and get creative. We finished off the event by giving each student tiger and lion masks to color and to finish their transformation into tigers!

We would like to thank Mrs. Kuebler who approached us with this event and made it possible. Thank you so much for reaching out to us and working so hard to make sure it went well! We also want to thank David Clifford, our club Education Coordinator, who put together the presentation material and worked so well with the kids! We want to thank Kim Schatzel for agreeing to sign the certificates and West Towson Elementary for giving us a chance to work with their students!

Go Tigers!


Authors: Katie Iser & Tara Mlodzienski

Big cats and little cats

Big cats and little cats

          Spring has sprung! Which means that the Towson Tigers 4 Tigers are springing back into action!

 

          On Friday, March 4, we will be celebrating Big Cat Day with West Towson Elementary school from 9:30-11am. This school is going all out in its efforts to inspire their students to be aware of and involved in tiger conservation. They have invited third grade students to participate in an essay contest with the topic being: “If you could be a Big Cat, which one would it be, and why did you pick it?” The Towson Tigers 4 Tigers students have been given the exciting honor of judging the essay contest with awards to be given for Most Creative, Most Factual, and Best Description of Habitat. Mascots from both schools, Towson University’s Doc and West Towson’s Westy, will be partnering up to greet the students as they arrive for the big assembly. To help support the Big Cat Initiative, students even have the opportunity to donate one dollar so they can wear Crazy Hats for Big Cats. Students who donate will be entered in a book drawing for Big Cat books at the end of the assembly.

        The assembly will begin with the entire school doing a Big Cat identification dance. Then the third grade students will perform specialized dances showcasing big cat brains, habitats, habitat destruction, and energy, closing their performance with a dance to the classic “Circle of Life”. After the assembly is finished, T4T members will meet with the third grade students for more Big Cat fun and presentations by the T4T students. This partnership between Tigers 4 Tigers and West Towson Elementary was made possible by a Towson University graduate now working at the elementary school teaching third graders, Karen Kuebler. She received her BFA in Dance and French Education and her MA in Liberal Arts from Towson. Karen is a shining example of Tigers making a difference in our community in helping to raise awareness in our youth of the situations faced by our mascots in the wild. Our T4T members are thrilled to be working with our neighboring schools to raise awareness and celebrate our love for wildlife.

 By working together, we can make an even bigger roar.

Go Tigers!

 

To learn more about the event please email us at towsont4t@gmail.com

Author: Tara Mlodzienski

Hungry like a Tiger?

Hungry like a Tiger?

Tiger Awareness Week a Roaring Success!

Tiger Awareness Week kicked off with a ferocious zeal here at Towson University on November 9, 2015! Our goal was to raise awareness about our mascot, while raising funds for conservation efforts. The National Tigers for Tigers Coalition set their goal for this week at $6,500 in order to secure the first square kilometer of land that will be restored to critical tiger habitat in the Pench-Kanha Corridor in India. So we set our club goal at $1,000, which if reached, would be matched by the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA). The Pench and Kanha National Parks in central India (see map below) are famous for inspiring Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, and are two of the best places on Earth to see a tiger in the wild. The biodiverse landscape consists of 16,000 km2 of tiger habitat that supports approximately 5% of India’s wild tiger population. However, while each of these parks provide excellent tiger habitat and protection, tigers within the region face a variety of conflicts such as deforestation, poaching, and, human-wildlife conflict with local residents. Creating the Pench-Kahna Corridor will make a vital connection for tigers between these two parks giving them safe passage across central india.


Monday, November 9th

We wanted to start our week by focusing on tiger conservation efforts made by WWF-India on their Pench-Kahna Corridor Project, by setting up a table on Monday with our new presentation poster made by Autumn. We also started fundraising by accepting donations for our "Enter To Win" corn hole boards. These were a beautiful set of Towson themed corn hole boards made by our club. To help students show their stripes, we passed out tiger themed ribbons while teaching students about tigers in the wild and how they can help them.


Wednesday, November 11th

Tiger Awareness Week would not have been complete without a visit from Doc, our tiger mascot! He made his roar heard on Wednesday while being chased through campus by a “poacher” to help us #SaveOurMascot. He made appearances throughout campus, including some classrooms! For this day, we wanted to focus on social media for our campaigning. We had students write why they care about tigers. 


Friday, November 13th

We ended with a strong finish at Bill Bateman’s Bistro where contestants in our wing eating contesting showed they could eat like tigers! Two of our club members, Austin and Autumn, showed their stripes and joined the ranks. All week, we passed out fliers to promote our fundraising event at Bateman’s, who had agreed to give 10% back of every flyer presented. The event was a HUGE success with many tiger family members and friends showing up to support tiger conservation. We continued accepting donations for the corn hole give away, and also conducted a 50/50 raffle. With all of the support we received all week (and all of the hard work and dedication of the Towson T4T!) we were able to reach ABOVE our goal of $1,000!

GO TIGERS!


Special Thanks

We want to give special thanks to those who helped make our goal a reality: