Feature: September 13, 1995
TIGERS HELPING TIGERS
Princeton alumni and students are involved in several initiatives for rescuing wild tigers from extinction.
For its upcoming 20th reunion, the Class of 1976 has launched a project aimed at raising awareness and funds in behalf of Princeton's symbol. The class will create a multi-lingual poster picturing tigers in their natural habitat. According to W. Allen Scheuch '76, one of the project's organizers, the posters will be displayed in the airports of countries where poaching and the trade of tiger body parts is widespread. Proceeds from the sale of the poster will go to organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society, an affiliate of the New York Zoological Society. Funds will be channeled through the Princeton Save the Tiger Campaign, which the class is establishing. The campaign will also support the Princeton Environmental Institute, an interdepartmental organization that encourages student research in conservation.
The poster, which the class expects to be completed and on sale by next spring, is one of 250 alumni projects created as part of the university's celebration of its 250th anniversary. It will be executed by muralist Rhoda Yohai Andors '76, of Brooklyn, and Pamela Y. Wesson '76, a graphics designer based in Paris. "I really want to do something to help save wild tigers-to me that would truly represent Princeton acting in the nation's, and the world's, service," says Andors. More information on 1970's tiger project is available from Mike Castro '76 at 908-754-4324.
On campus, some 30 students and faculty members have put the tiger on the agenda of the Princeton chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, which was founded two years ago by Nigel C. A. Pitman '93 and Andrew P. Dobson, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. At the 1994 Reunions the chapter cosponsored a lecture on Siberian tigers, and this year it is investigating ways to become more involved in tiger conservation, perhaps by working with the Alumni Council and outside organizations to plan an alumni college in India or Siberia. "We'd like to know how much enthusiasm there might be among alumni for this type of trip," says Dobson, who can be reached at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Eno Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544 (609-258-2913; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Sausalito, California-based Pacific Environment and Resources Center (PERC), is working with conservation groups in Vladivostock to develop a public-education campaign for the Siberian tiger. Armin Rosencranz '58 is the president of PERC, and three other Princetonians, Mortimer Fleishhacker '54, James A. Walker '66, and W. Stephen Taber '70, serve on its board of directors. Under a Princeton Project '55 internship, still another Prince-tonian, Alexander E. Tiger '94 (that's his name!) has worked for the past year with PERC-"helping us," says Rosencranz, "protect the tiger and the taiga," the coniferous forests in which the Siberian tiger dwells. Appropriately enough, Alexander Tiger is a graduate member of Tiger Inn.