'a Tiger Journal' Features an Interview with Zoe (13) and Vivi (10) Husted and Laney (10) and Luke (9) Peters About Saving Endangered Tigers on Global Tiger Day 2012

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a Tiger Journal features an interview with Zoe (13) and Vivi (10) Husted and Laney (10) and Luke (9) Peters about endangered tigers for Global Tiger Day on July 29, 2012.

Vivi (9) and Zoe (13) Husted on Saving Endangered Tigers in the Wild

“The idea of interviewing these young individuals about saving endangered tigers came from a recent interview I did with Keshav Varma, the World Bank's Program Director for the Global Tiger Initiative,” says Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff.

Endangered tiger blog ‘a Tiger Journal’ is featuring an interview with Zoe (13) and Vivi (10) Husted and Laney (10) and Luke (9) Peters about the importance of saving endangered tigers from extinction. The interview is part of ‘a Tiger Journal’s’ ongoing interview series on saving endangered tigers in the wild.

“The idea of interviewing these young individuals about saving endangered tigers came from a recent interview I did with Keshav Varma, the World Bank's Program Director for the Global Tiger Initiative,” says Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff, the author of ‘a Tiger Journal’.

“In my interview, Keshav said he believed the ‘future’ of tigers in the wild would -in large part- be in the hands of the young people of today,” says Kasnoff. “So I thought it would be appropriate to hear from some of those young people on Global Tiger Day. I wanted to see if they cared about endangered tigers and whether or not they cared if tigers became extinct.”

Kasnoff said Zoe and Vivi Husted are the daughters of retired NFL kicker Michael Husted, and Laney and Luke Peters are his niece and nephew.

“About a month ago Michael and I were having lunch and he mentioned his daughters had used both my Tigers in Crisis and Bagheera websites to research endangered species for a school project,” says Kasnoff. “So I asked him if he thought Zoe and Vivi might be interested in doing an interview for ‘a Tiger Journal’ for Global Tiger Day.

His daughters agreed to do the interview, as did his nephew and niece (social networking).

Kasnoff says he wasn’t sure what kind of responses he would get from these young individuals who were between the ages of 9-13. But after reading their responses, Kasnoff says he was pleased to see that many of the answers Zoe, Vivi, Laney and Luke gave coincided with the efforts that are currently underway to save tigers in the wild.

“In their answers they talk about the importance of protecting tiger habitat, of stopping poaching and of the key role that zoos play in protecting tigers from becoming extinct,” says Kasnoff. “And you have to remember they are all between the ages of 9-13. Now that’s pretty cool!”

Here are some of Kasnoff’s favorite answers from the interview:

Question: Did you know there are only around 90 South China tigers (one of the remaining six subspecies of tigers) left on Earth, and they are all in zoos in China?

Zoe (13): "I did not know that, and I think that some should be kept in zoos so that people are able to admire them, but I definitely think that most of the tigers should be out in the wild and repopulating."

Question: If you could, would you try to help save tigers from becoming extinct in the wild? If so…why?

Vivi (10): "I would definitely want to help because It would be a fun adventure and it would help keep animals alive."

Question: Do you think the U.S. government should help to save tigers in the wild even though there are no wild tigers in the United States?

Laney (10): "Yes, they should tell people on TV that they are becoming extinct. They should make it a law that US people cannot do anything to a tiger to hurt it."

Question: Do you like tigers? If so, why?

Luke (9): "Yes, I love tigers because they're orange with black stripes and that makes them look cool."

And that, says Kasnoff, is as ‘cool’ as it gets.

You can find the complete interview with Zoe, Vivi, Laney and Luke at ‘a Tiger Journal’

‘a Tiger Journal’ was created by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff in an effort to promote the plight of endangered tigers and how to save them from extinction.

For more information about tigers go to Tigers In Crisis.

For more information about endangered species go to Bagheera

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