The Tiger Conservation HQ
The Tiger Conservation HQ will contribute to Sumatran tiger conservation in four ways; preserving genetic diversity, information gathering, educating and informing the general public, and fund-raising.
Essentially, the Tiger Conservation HQ will help tiger conservation efforts by supporting the aims of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for tigers which are as follows:
Preserving genetic diversity over time
Zoo tiger populations serve as a 'genetic reservoir’ in case of future need to supplement wild tiger populations or reintroduce tigers to areas from which they have vanished.
We want to create the right environment to introduce a pair of breeding tigers so that we may increase the number of Sumatran tigers in the EEP programme.
Zoo tiger populations have made great contributions towards understanding many aspects of tiger biology and management.
Veterinary care is an obvious area; without knowledge on how to safely anaesthetise tigers, radio-tracking studies in the wild would not be possible.
We want to continue our support for conservation in the wild with a pair of breeding Sumatran tigers.
Educating and informing
Seven hundred million people a year visit zoos worldwide - more than go to football matches - and every zoo with tigers has a responsibility to ensure the public learn about the factors endangering them and are encouraged to help.
This will be a major role of the new facility at ZSL London Zoo with its 1 million visitors every year.
We hope to create an inspiring and educational experience that garners the support for tigers in the wild using static and live interpretation.
The tiger EEP encourages all its participants to raise funds for tigers. Through our coordinated fundraising work ZSL has enabled the world’s zoos to donate to tiger conservation in the wild.
Now ZSL is asking its supporters and the general public to get behind its Tiger SOS campaign to give tigers a future.