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The university’s longest-serving student-led tiger conservation group is calling on fellow students to join the effort to protect Clemson’s adored mascot.
Entering its 20th year on campus, Tigers for Tigers (T4T) will hold a series of informational meetings in early September for students interested in joining the effort to protect tigers.
T4T President Evelyn Ann Borucki, a senior in the department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences
“The club really thrives on the different types of people and their majors because there are so many different aspects to it. There’s marketing, graphics, policy, along with conservation and biology,” said T4T President Evelyn Ann Borucki, a senior in the department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences. “People just have to have a passion for the conservation of tigers and then use their skills, whether it’s knowledge about tigers or photography, for the cause.”
T4T members lead local, state and national educational campaigns to raise awareness about tiger poaching and habitat destruction. Fewer than 3,900 tigers remain in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
“There are barely as many tigers in the wild as there are freshmen on campus this semester,” said Diane Dotson, a graduate student in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and former T4T president.
The effort has allowed Clemson students to view tigers in the wild in India. They’ve lobbied legislators on Capitol Hill to adopt laws protecting exotic animals like tigers. They’ve collaborated with conservation groups and universities across the country. T4T alumni have gone on to work or intern at the National Wildlife Refuge Association, the Kanha Jungle Lodge in India, the Wild Bird Society of Japan and Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. Some have pursued graduate degrees in conservation or attended veterinarian school.
“I have gotten internships that I would …