Tiger Preservation Initiative
The Tiger Preservation Initiatives (TPI) logo features Dr. Michael Bleyman and one of his favorite tigers - Romeo. That photo was taken by Bob Donnan at the Carnivore Preservation Trust when Michael was alive. Since Dr. Bleyman devoted his life to saving the tiger, I thought it fitting to honor him in this continuing effort.
Building a new preserve having the natural habitats I envision is an expensive and monumental task. At present, funds raised will be directed to our Tiger Preservation Initiatives™, one being the cataloging of generic tigers in private facilities, that could, if all else fails, be bred to preserve the species. DNA would be used to identify unrelated pairs.
We have three other objectives.
One: Honor Dr. Michael Bleyman and his work through the Dr. Michael Bleyman Save The Tiger Fellowship.
University of North Carolina college seniors who intend to further their education in the field of conservation genetics or zoology will be invited to apply. Particular interest will be paid to students who can demonstrate how their pursuit will help save the tiger. A select committee will decide the recipient. The fellowship will be $10,000. We will announce the fellowship application via this Web site, social media, e-mail, and press releases.
Two: Sponsorship of selected tiger rescues. Depending on available funds we would work with existing preserves in their effort to save tigers kept in deplorable conditions, as we did with Tigra.
Three: Identify in-situ programs that are benefiting wild tigers and help with their successful implementation.
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