Tigers are endangered animals and threatened with extinction. What is happening with them is far beyond imagination. Whenever I have the chance to talk about the causes, I take it. People I talk with just don’t believe it. Sometimes they say it, sometimes I just see it in their eyes.
Since 2012 I collect tiger news from several sources. From NGOs, from the Global Tiger Initiative (although this only lives on in memory nowadays), from governments, from scientists and from newspapers. The collected database is unique in the world and a valuable source of information for NGOs, governments and scientists.
In March of this year I decided to do something with my knowledge and all the news I was getting. After some preparation I started with the distribution of tiger news via a new initiative, which I called: I Am A Tiger Advocate.
The start was terrible. The website was not working properly, the news was not getting to to right people and there was no interaction. But after weeks of testing, adjusting and improving things got better.
Although we are just beginning, we can see that more and more people are engaged and want to learn about what is happening with tigers. After five months more than 670,000 people around the world have seen the news we distribute. We can see that the website gets more visitors and that the social media posts get more engagement.
Not only we are happy with these developments, we also have engaged in some tiger saving activities. Both with tigers in the wild as with tigers in captivity as we also care for tigers that have to spend their lives behind walls in often terrible conditions.
To wrap it up: we are pleased with how things go but our ambitions go much further. We want the whole world to really know what is happening with tigers so the right decisions will be made to save them all.
Thank you all for your ongoing engagement.
Founder IATA Tiger News Platform