We're excited to be going into a new partnership with Hull City Tigers to support the global goal to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.
A century ago, there are thought to have been around 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now there are only around 3,900. In the time since Hull City Tigers was founded in 1904, it’s likely that we’ve lost over 95% of the world’s wild tigers. By 2022, we want to see the number of tigers in the wild double. It could be the biggest conservation success story of our time, which is why the Tigers will be working to fundraise and raise awareness among their fans and employees to inspire them to become Tiger Protectors.
The Club will be raising money through a variety of activities, including a tiger match day, a WWF family stand and merchandise. They’ll also be introducing small charges on things like print-at-home tickets and car parking on match days to encourage people to make greener choices. To help raise awareness, our panda logo will also appear on First Team players’ shorts, and on the shirts of the Under-23s.
As part of the partnership, we'll be helping the Club to identify environmental improvements such as recycled or FSC paper being used by all departments, changing all lights to LED and other changes around the stadium and offices to improve its sustainability performance.
Douglas Rouse, Director of Partnerships and Philanthropy, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with the Tigers for tigers. It’s a complete tragedy that tiger numbers in the wild are so low; but with support from the Club, WWF will be able to deliver impactful conservation projects to help restore these magnificent animals.”
Ehab Allam, Vice-Chairman of Hull City Tigers, said, “This is a very exciting time for everyone at the Club, we are delighted to be working together in what is the first partnership of its kind between a football club and WWF. Most importantly, the awareness and fundraising activity planned throughout the partnership will help tackle the serious issue of protecting and re-establishing the tiger population in the wild.
You can help support the global goal to double wild tiger numbers here: www.wwf.org.uk/hull