September 3, 2010

WWF: We Want Your ‘Roar Of Support’ For Tigers

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature on Thursday urged the general public to send in a recorded "roar of support" for endangered wild tigers, whose numbers have dropped exponentially over the past century from 100,000 to less than 3,200.

The WWF asked people to visit www.panda.org/roar or other video hosting sites such as YouTube and upload pictures and video of themselves roaring. The conservation agency also said people can send in text messages of their roars as well.

The WWF will take all submissions and use them as part of their petition that will be presented to world leaders meeting at a St. Petersburg summit in November on the conservation of the world's wild tiger population.

"We need to make noise about this campaign, this way we're literally making noise," Fernando Zarur, online producer at WWF, told AFP.

Leaders from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam have all been invited to attend the world tiger summit.

"To encourage these powerful people to make the right decisions, and keep to their stated goal of transforming tiger conservation and doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022, we need you to stand up and roar -- any which way you can," said Michael Baltzer, head of the WWF's tiger program.