Tyger! tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night. What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? - William Blake Rah, rah, rah Tiger, tiger tiger Siss, siss, siss Boom, boom, boom, ahhhh! Princeton, Princeton!! - 1896 cheer
The Classes of 1976 / 1981 and the Princeton Conservation Society Princeton Save the Tiger Campaign Tigers Helping Tigers
Why the PSTC? Tigers in need Tigers want to help A joint effort formed (1996) A slow start, meaningful success Where are we going?
History of PSTC 1995-96: Artwork/poster idea to raise funds for tigers 250/250 Challenge – Classes of ’76 & ‘81 Partnership with Dept. of Ecology/Ev.Bio. PSTC is Born! Summer 1996:Incorporated, established as 501.c.3 Summer 1997:First Trip: Sumatra after successful campaign raises $11,000+ 1999: Sumatra Dormitory 2000: Earth Day Run, Second trip: India
Plight of Tigers Lack of scientific data Failure to control trade in tiger parts Failure to control human impacts
Why PSTC? Many “save the tiger” organizations –Wildlife Conservation Society –NFWF/ExxonMobil/Minnesota Zoo –World Wildlife Fund –41 Organizations on the “5tigers.org” web site Princeton alumni want to help Princeton students want to help
Tigers Helping Tigers PSTC Mission : Implement Research and Training Programs Fund direct tiger protection Educate local and international public
Sumatra Trip - 1997 Bukit Barasin Selatan Nat’l Park Four Students and Professor Andy Dobson visited established WCS research station Formal Habitat Study at WCS Way Canguk Research Station Habitat subsequently destroyed by fire Research became priceless
India Introduction Brenda Lin ‘01, Summer 1999Brenda Lin ‘01, Summer 1999 Introduced student involvement in India – looked for future opportunitiesIntroduced student involvement in India – looked for future opportunities Investigation of conservation effortsInvestigation of conservation efforts Four national parks visitedFour national parks visited
Enthusiastic Students Current participants are energized Joe Facchini ’02, undergraduate president New ideas generating: –PSTFoundation –undergraduate governance increase Tiger Ball at Reunions 2001
Class of ’76/’81 Alumni Participation Financial management Travel logistics support Dues check-off fund raising – extend to other classes/regional associations? Future growth consistency Keep it alive in student ‘off’ years
The Future of PSTC/PSTF PSTC funds support WCS/others –Dormitory at BBSNP/Sumatra an example Alumni/student management will continue Student expeditions Travel subject to political conditions Endowment to assure continuance –Create the PSTF!