LSU and Clemson students working together to save Tigers

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This week, the focus has been on none other than the Tigers.

“Both of our universities have Tiger mascots.”

A graduate student who is studying the animal’s genetics said, both schools also have programs that are hoping to save tigers around the world.

“The universities have actually formed a Tiger consortium and they want to start working together to try and bring more attention to the situation that Tigers are in globally” said Alessandra Bresnan.

As the Tigers prepare to take on the Tigers, students apart of the Tiger United University Consortium are raising money and awareness.

“Giving the fact that they are the most popular animal in the world actually, it’s important to understand that they are facing threats in the wild and they’re also facing threats in the United States. In the sense that unmanaged breeding is leading to a lot of problems with their genetics as well as different health issues” said Bresnan.

Bresnan said, those health issues are due to inbreeding and cross breeding tigers with other species. She said, while the focus may be on the game, this weekend is the perfect time to raise awareness about the beloved animal both schools hold dear to their hearts.

“It’s important to consider the tigers in the United States in addition to the ones in the wild. If we eventually want to release the tigers into the wild then we’re going to need a health genetic stock here in the United states.”

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