WWF-Australia and Richmond Football Club are partnering to help save wild tigers from extinction.
Since the inception of Richmond Football Club in 1885, the population of wild tigers has plummeted by about 95%. Today, there are less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild.
The new partnership will help efforts to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. This involves reducing the threat of poaching and ensuring that the homes of wild tigers across Asia, including far eastern Russia, are protected.
Richmond has appointed two Wild Tiger Ambassadors, player Shane Edwards and assistant coach Ben Rutten, to increase awareness about what can be done to save tigers.
“It’s an amazing privilege to be a tiger ambassador and I’m excited to be working with Richmond supporters to help these iconic animals,” said Mr Edwards.
“From our experience, raising awareness is the first step towards protecting species that are on the brink of extinction. Strong action by the public causes governments to act, listen and save endangered animals,” said WWF Tigers Alive Manager Dr Ashley Brooks.
“Wild tigers require urgent action to prevent them from disappearing forever. Collectively we must act now to reverse their decline and prevent them from becoming a permanent casualty of growing populations and environmental destruction,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman.
More information: www.wwf.org.au/rfctigers