GoFundMe campaign making fun of Clemson mascot raises money for real tigers

Jim Hanzo
January 30, 2020 - 3:03 pm



Money raised in the amount of $3100 to “help purchase Clemson a new mascot costume” on GoFundMe in jest, will instead be used to help protect real tigers in the wild.

The money is headed to the Tigers United University Consortium, and their work is critical to protecting one of nature’s most majestic creatures, according to Director Brett Wright.

“We are working together to try to save tigers in the wild which is important to us because we are down to fewer than 4,000 animals in the wild now,” Wright said.  

The account was created when LSU fans noticed Clemson’s fairly hideous tiger mascot on the sidelines during the National Championship game.

The Consortium’s goal is to double the wild tiger population by 2022.  The goal is to help them get closer to their goal.

“It is possible, but it is an uphill battle,” Wright said.  “That goal was set by the World Bank Global Tiger Initiative in 2010.”

The consortium is comprised of LSU, Clemson, Auburn, and Missouri, which all have a tiger as a mascot.  Wright says the organization has two goals, starting with getting more boots on the ground in countries with wild tiger populations.

“We are working with each school to fund Ph.D. students who come from India that will help us by completing their doctorates, and going home to help save tigers,” Wright said.  

The other goal has to do with researching more about what can be done to keep tigers alive in the wild.

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