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Monday, September 30, 2013

Recognizing Green Actions & Tigers

I wanted to highlight some green and sustainable things I've noticed on campus!

My friend John re-purposed a Snapple bottle into a coin jar!

 He decorated it with stickers :)
In my hall, we have the option to hang dry our clothes instead of using the dryer. 
Yay for saving energy!

My friend Christina won chocolate at a raffle today, and the chocolate had the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal on it!
Picture taken by Christina Tudor

My friend Josh salvaged an egg carton from a grocery store...

 ...And painted it to make a snazzy dorm room decoration.
 My RA and I collaborated to make one of the hallway's boards into a Viridorari-themed board for the month of October.
After cutting out the text and pictures for the board, I used the paper scraps to make the slips for people to submit their endangered animal submissions on.   

Have you re-purposed something lately? Planted a tree? Done anything that could be generally considered green? Have you noticed anything sustainable around your community? Take a picture and email it to, and I will feature it here on Viridorari!

Animal of the Month Update 
***Note: I have discussed Panthera before when the snow leopard was the Animal of the Month. This post is recycled to fit the tiger, which Panthera also supports. To see the original about snow leopards, click here.

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The Panthera Corporation is one of several organizations that work to protect tigers. Panthera focuses its conservation strategies on the world’s largest and most endangered cats- tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards, and also includes conservation projects for Iranian cheetahs, cougars, and leopards. Panthera supports research and conservation activities for many cat species and develops wild cat experts through grant programs. The Panthera Corporation’s mission is simple and to the point: “to ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action.” The organization claims that conserving wild cats across the globe is important for preserving their ecosystems, which contain thousands of other species of animals and plants. “Cats act as landscape guardians and their presence indicates healthy, intact ecosystems that are crucial for life, including people.”
Panthera is conducting tiger conservation efforts through the Tigers Forever program. Tigers Forever, launched in July of 2006, aims to increase tiger populations by 50% within ten years in key sites in Asia. The methods they are using to do this include: enhancing law enforcement patrols through rigorous training to protect tigers, their prey and habitat in and around core areas; using informant networks to investigate and apprehend poachers and others conducting illegal activities; and training of government and other NGO staff to carry out the best scientific methods on the ground. Panthera has also partnered with Save the Tiger Fund (STF), another influential tiger conservation group to carry out more effective activities for the sake of tigers.
There are many ways that you can support the Panthera Corporation so they can continue to be invaluable guardians for tigers and several other ailing wild cat species. You can donate money directly online at Panthera guarantees that 100% of your monetary donation goes directly into the field. Panthera provides donors with the “Adopt a Cat” option, in which you receive: a screensaver, computer desktop, and mobile phone background of your adopted wild cat species, an adoption certificate, a fact sheet about your species, and a brochure outlining Panthera’s conservation programs for your species. The minimum fee for “Adopt a Cat” is $250, and your money goes toward: providing food and supplies for a patrol team in tiger habitat; supporting the salary of a well-trained “community scout” in Africa who helps track lions, protect them from hunters, and reinforce corrals to protect livestock from lions; providing materials for a community-based educational seminar to resolve conflicts between ranchers and jaguars in Latin America; deploying camera traps to survey snow leopards in Mongolia; and providing supplies for scientists who monitor leopard activities. Don’t want to spend $250? There are many cheaper ways that you can support Panthera, such as shopping on their online store for shirts, ties, hats, books, tote bags and water bottles. If you feel motivated to starting your own fundraising campaign for Panthera, the organization provides ideas and resources to get your campaign started. The things I have listed here do not include all of Panthera’s donation methods. To find out more about donating to Panthera, go to
Preserving Earth’s wildlife is important for a future that is healthier for you, the people around you, and the global environment.  I know there weren't as many posts this month due to my busy college schedule, which also means there were less posts about tigers. I hope the information I did provide was inspiring for you in some way, and I encourage you to further your understanding of this beautiful animal through personal research. Make use of the internet and your local library. Please consider donating to Panthera or selecting Panthera as your Goodsearch benefactor.
As I have mentioned on the blog before, my dad chose the mountain gorilla as July's Animal of the Month because it was his birthday month. For his birthday, I "adopted" a gorilla for him via World Wildlife Fund, and the proceeds went to gorilla conservation. Here is my dad with his adopted gorilla and official adoption certificate. 
These "animal adoptions" make great gifts because they go beyond the materialistic tradition and go toward a greater cause. The person you give this to will feel good in a way that goes beyond the typical initial thrill of receiving a present. Many conservation oriented organizations offer these "adoption" programs, so if your loved one has a soft spot for a certain animal, look into it. WWF offers a wide selection of choices.   

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