Zoe Foundation Objectives
My name is Jason Savage, director of the Zoë Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help save the tiger. We began our mission in 1985 in Charleston, SC. We incorporated in North Carolina in 2000 and filed for non-profit status with the IRS in 2005. Our EIN is 52-2234212.
I had the privilege to work with world renowned tiger expert, Zoologist, and my friend Dr. Michael Bleyman, who passed from cancer in 1996.
Goal one. Focus awareness on the tiger’s march toward extinction. There are fewer that 3,900 (figures vary) remaining in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching are taking away one of the earth’s most beloved animals. A Guinness World Record judge will be present on site to certify our record. Guinness states that wherever their judges go, publicity follows. We can get a lot of eyes focused on the tiger’s plight.
Goal two is the commission of a bronze bas-relief sculpture of Dr. Bleymen with two of his favorite tigers, Romeo and Mini. Dr. Bleyman dedicated his life to saving endangered species with a particular interest in the tiger. I believe his efforts should be honored and never forgotten. A location for the bas-relief will be decided at a later date. Miniatures will be made available to aid our fundraising efforts.
Goal three is the establishment of the Dr. Michael Bleyman Save the Tiger Fellowship.
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.
Continue with our Tiger Preservation Initiatives™. (1) Funds raised will enable us to catalog 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. (2) Sponsorship of selected tiger rescues. Depending on available funds we would work with existing preserves in their effort to save tigers that are or were being kept in deplorable conditions. Tigra is a good example.(3) Identify in-situ programs that are benefitting wild tigers and help with their successful implementation.
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. Since Dr. Bleyman devoted his life to saving the tiger, I thought it fitting to honor him.
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