“To protect and restore ecosystems through saving the flagship Chinese Tigers and other big cats.”
Established by Ms. Li Quan, a Chinese woman living overseas, Save China’s Tigers was registered as a charity in Great Britain in 2000 and in the United States in 2002. The organisation is devoted to preserving big cat species in China, especially the flagship South China Tiger. This is now estimated to have a wild population of only 30, making it the world’s most endangered tiger species.Since the end of 2002 Save China’s Tigers has been working with the State Forestry Administration and a private Trust in South Africa on a programme to re-introduce captive tigers to natural habitats. Tiger cubs born in Chinese zoos are sent to safari parks in South Africa to learn the ropes of living in the wild. Since then around 11 South China Tiger cubs have successfully been born for the first time ever outside of Asia.On July 10th 2012 in Durban, South Africa, at the International Wildlife Management Congress (IWMC 2012), Save China’s Tigers, with the tiger re-wilding operation in South Africa, officially released their Tiger Re-wilding Guidelines.
In 2012 Save China’s Tigers were featured in BBC and CCTV documentaries, Return of the South China Tiger was aired on BBC Radio 4 from February 28th – March 6th 2012. And a feature on Saving South China Tigers was aired on CCTV English on February 6th, 2012.
To raise public awareness and support, Save China’s Tigers has recruited several celebrities as informal ambassadors, including film director, Chen Kaige, actor Yang Ziqiong, and British rock star Nick Rhodes. The well known and respected Chinese Gong Fu and International Film Star, Jackie Chan is one of the most recent active ambassadors for SCT.
Save China’s Tigers has so far been funded primarily by the family of its founder. Cathay Pacific has provided free air travel for the tigers.
Quan Qi (全奇), President
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PO Box 1928, Chinese Forestry Academy, 100091 Beijing, China