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‘Stars for Stripes’—Celebrities Come Out to Support Tiger Conservation

Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul introduces Katie Cleary’s Peace 4 Animals organization, which has teamed up with Born Free USA to host a Star-Studded Red Carpet Gala—“Stars for Stripes”—in support of Bengal tiger conservation.

Two years ago the world celebrated Year of the Tiger. Hopefully it won’t be the last time we pay tribute to this majestic wildlife icon and largest of the big cat species.

Indian (Bengal) Tigers (Nat Geo Archives)

Tiger conservation efforts are not new, but time is running out for them.  A species of concern since the early 1970’s, tigers have prompted an interest from a number of conservation organizations. The issue of the vanishing wildlife icon was first addressed with the launch of Project Tiger in India—the country which regards tigers as a ‘natural treasure.’

During Year of the Tiger, scientists and leading conservationists met at the International Tiger Conservation Forum in Russia.  At the ‘Tiger Summit,’ the thirteen countries in which tigers range, agreed to participate in a Global Tiger Recovery Program over a five year period. The meeting also generated $127 million dollars from range country governments in support of global tiger conservation initiatives.

Katie Cleary

One estimate of tigers in India from decades ago was around 40,000 individuals. There were, in fact, many fewer in as recent as the 1970’s when the Wildlife Protection Act was first enforced in India and the country’s tiger task force was deployed. Today there are actually less than 2500 Indian or Bengal tigers on the Indian Subcontinent (India and adjoining countries).

Although organizations instrumental in tiger conservation like the World Wildlife Fund, Save the Tiger Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Global Tiger Initiative, Panthera, Project Tiger have teamed up to save tigers, which are truly on the brink of extinction, we still need more help and more people involved to save this vanishing felid.

On November 10th Hollywood will make a contribution to tiger conservation when actress/model Katie Cleary’s Peace 4 Animals organization and Born Free USA team up to host the Star-Studded Red Carpet Gala “Stars for Stripes.”

The fundraiser will benefit the Tiger Research and Conservation Trust’s Satpuda Landscape Tiger Program, which protects vital tiger habitats in India, mitigates human-tiger conflicts, tackles wildlife crimes and monitors tiger ranging activity.  This is important initiative currently supported by Born Free UK will not only benefit tigers, but many of India’s other carnivore species from leopards to sloth bears, which also inhabit the region and require vast tracks of undisturbed habitat to survive. 

 

 

Dr. Jordan Carlton Schaul’s Bio

With training in wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and comparative psychology, Dr. Schaul's contributions to Nat Geo Voices have covered a range of environmental and social topics. He draws particular attention to the plight of imperiled species highlighting issues at the juncture or nexus of sorta situ wildlife conservation and applied animal welfare.Sorta situ conservation practices are comprised of scientific management and stewardship of animal populations ex situ (in captivity / 'in human care') and in situ (free-ranging / 'in nature'). He also has a background in behavior management and training of companion animals and captive wildlife, as well as conservation marketing and digital publicity.Jordan has shared interviews with colleagues and public figures, as well as editorial news content. In addition, he has posted narratives describing his own work, which include the following examples:• Restoration of wood bison to the Interior of Alaska while (While Animal Curator at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and courtesy professor at the University of Alaska)• Rehabilitation of orphaned sloth bears exploited for tourists in South Asia (While executive consultant 'in-residence' at the Agra Bear Rescue Center managed by Wildlife SOS)• Censusing small wild cat (e.g. ocelot and margay) populations in the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica for popular publications with 'The Cat Whisperer' Mieshelle Nagelschneider• Evaluating the impact of ecotourism on marine mammal population stability and welfare off the coast of Mexico's Sea of Cortez (With Boston University's marine science program)Jordan was a director on boards of non-profit wildlife conservation organizations serving nations in Africa, North and South America and Southeast Asia. He is also a consultant to a human-wildlife conflict mitigation organization in the Pacific Northwest.Following animal curatorships in Alaska and California, he served as a charter board member of a zoo advocacy and outreach organization and later as its executive director.Jordan was a member of the Communication and Education Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CEC-IUCN) and the Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (BSG-SSC-IUCN).He has served on the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society and in service to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA Bear TAG). In addition he was an ex officio member of council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management.Contact Email: jordan@jordanschaul.comhttp://www.facebook.com/jordan.schaul https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanschaul/ www.jordanschaul.com www.bicoastalreputationmanagement.com

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