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MEDIA ADVISORY: MU Hosts the National Tigers 4 Tigers Coalition Seminar Series

April 6th, 2014

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: The annual meeting of the National Tigers 4 Tigers Coalition (NT4TC) will be held April 4 – 6 on the University of Missouri campus. The coalition is devoted to improving the status of tigers, both captive and wild, and consists of participating schools and universities who have tigers as mascots including MU, Louisiana State University,  Clemson University and Auburn University.

Part of the Coalition’s mission is to help raise awareness of preservation efforts through public education events. The NT4TC Seminar Series will be held in conjunction with this year’s annual membership meeting. Topics will include legislative acts related to tiger conservation, tiger conservation efforts at zoos and tiger ecology.

WHERE: MU campus, see schedule below for details.

WHEN: Friday, April 4 – Sunday, April 6, 2014. See schedule below for details.

NOTE: The seminar series is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Ria Landreth,

For more information about the Missouri Tigers for Tigers please visit: or visit the national coalition page at


“NT4TC Seminar Series”

Schedule of Events:

7 – 8:15 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2206 Student Center, 2nd Floor

  • Tracy Coppola, campaigns officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), will give insight on legislative acts related to tiger conservation. IFAW has encouraged legislation on the private ownership of big cats in the U.S. Coppola will discuss the progress of their efforts.

8 – 9:15 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 208 Reynolds Alumni Center

  • Tara Harris, director of conservation and tiger species survival plan coordinator, Minnesota Zoo, will discuss what a species survival plan is and how zoos are using them to work toward the protection of tigers.

3 – 4:15 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 208 Reynolds Alumni Center

  • Eric Dinerstein, vice-president and lead scientist, World Wildlife Fund, will speak on the future of tiger conservation and how tiger habitats are connected to conservation.

7 – 8:15 p.m., Saturday, April 5, Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

  • Hemanta Kafley, will share his personal experiences of time spent doing research on tigers in their natural habitat within the Terai Arc Landscape of Nepal and other regions.

8 – 9:15 a.m., Sunday, April 6, Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

  • Tim Harrison, outreach for animals director, Private Ownership of Exotic Animals, will discuss the group, Outreach for Animals, that works extensively with individuals in the U.S. who own exotic animals, including tigers. Their mission is to educate the public on how to properly respect and understand wildlife.