They may all be rivals athletically but they’re coming together for a common cause.
According to a release by Clemson University, SEC schools LSU, Auburn and Missouri are partnering with them to create the “U.S. Tiger University Consortium,” which will support the Global Tiger Forum’s mission of doubling wild tiger populations by 2022.
Clemson President James P. Clements is the founder of the group, which will focus on research and a strategic communications to increase attention for this worldwide issue. The release states that there are only about an estimated 3,900 tigers in the wild.
“Students, faculty and alumni chant ‘Go Tigers’ on a daily basis, but not many know the truth about the animal we hold so dear,” Dean of Clemson’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Brad Wright said. “These universities share the tiger mascot and benefit from that majestic symbol of strength, dignity and beauty, so they share a moral responsibility to apply all of our resources to save the animal that inspires that symbol.”
Wright added that the consortium will focus on many different methods to accomplish its goal, such as research that supports evidence-based decision-making by conservation professionals.
LSU has had a live tiger mascot dating back to 1936. Mike VI, LSU’s most recent mascot, died from a rare form of cancer last year. Auburn’s mascot, Aubie the Tiger, was the first mascot to be inducted into the mascot Hall of Fame. Missouri’s popular mascot, Truman, has been around since 1984.