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Teaming Up To Save Wild Tigers

Auburn University’s affection for tigers goes far beyond its lovable Aubie. The university has teamed up with Clemson University, Louisiana State University and the University of Missouri in the newly formed U.S. Tiger University Consortium, so named for the mascots that the institutions share. The schools are collaborating to help save wild tiger populations worldwide—only about 3,900 remain in 13 tiger-range countries.

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“Wild tigers are at risk if we don’t plan well for the future. We will work together to preserve these magnificent animals through research and by educating students in India and America through university-supported academic scholarships and assistantships”

- Retired Auburn Provost Timothy Boosinger

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Timothy and Marcia Boosinger, retired Auburn provost and assistant dean of AU Libraries, respectively, traveled to India last spring to see the magnificent animals in the wild and to meet with members of the Global Tiger Forum, an international conservation group. They visited Kanha National Park/Tiger Reserve in central India and Jim Corbett National Park in northern India, also known for wild tigers.

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Research Collaboration

Research Collaboration

Auburn will host two graduate students from India who will enroll in the Graduate School and work toward a doctorate in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, beginning in January 2018. Students must have a master’s degree in a related field, at least two years of professional experience in conservation in India and be currently employed with a conservation agency. They will collaborate with two fellow Indian graduate students at other Tiger University Consortium schools. Auburn plans to expand the program in the future to send its undergraduates to India for study abroad.

  • Tiger Population and Health Dynamics

  • Ecotourism and Community Development

  • Landscape Ecology and Planning

  • Human-Wildlife Conflicts

  • Habitat Management

  • Policy and Institutional Capacity Building

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“Each of our institutions possesses various academic disciplines important to the future of tiger conservation and protection. This is an obvious example of the need for multidisciplinary contribution not just across colleges and departments but across universities”

- Janaki Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry and
Wildlife Sciences

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More information is available by contacting Janaki Alavalapati, dean of Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, at ajanaki@auburn.edu.
Last updated: 02/06/2018