As some of you may know from our Facebook page we’ve done quite a bit of work on big cats enrichment with the Hamerton Zoo team over the last few months. So of course when they asked us if we’d like to join them at Global Tiger Day we were most delighted to help out! 🙂
First of all for those of you that have not heard of Global Tiger Day (also referred to as International Tiger Day) is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on the 29th of July. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.
We decided to run a small stall with our wildlife themed toys. From Cat Wrestlers to Motif Cushions there was a nice selection for all types of cats. And of course we had preloaded our Zoo enrichment video on a TV to show people that even big cats like to play.
The Zoo provided plenty of educational talks on the day in addition to their famous “Feed the Tigers” interactive event. And our favourite has to have been the guy walking around dressed as a Tiger!
For the “Feed the Tiger event” visitors get to feed the Tigers with meat on a stick. 🙂 The Zoo had an amazing 81 Tiger feeds on the day!
In total between the Zoo team and us, we managed to raise £1,641.50 for the conservation of Tigers.