“In the end we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught”.
—Baba Dioum, Senagalese conservationist
I came across this quote the other day and it really touched my mind and my heart. The quote is derived from a 1968 speech made in New Delhi, India by the Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum.
In 1900 there were over 100,000 tigers in the wild. Today there are less than 3,000 tigers in the wild. Animal bans and restrictions have not been effective in saving the Tiger population.
However as the quote above suggests people care about conserving what they love. It has been an honor and a privilege for me and my family to share with our audiences an up close experience with the magnificent Bengal tiger. At every show we offer a VIP ticket and the proceeds from this ticket go to tiger protection and conservation. We believe that in order to grow and nurture love for an animal species (like the tiger), we need to have an understanding and knowledge of that animal. In the VIP experience at our show we offer audiences the opportunity to meet our tigers and learn about them. Our hope is that everyone who attends our show will not only leave mesmerized with a renewed sense of wonder, but also a greater understanding and love for one of God’s greatest creations, the Bengal tiger.