10 June 2014
Bravery, agility, tenacity – these are all qualities embodied by two types of tigers who bonded over a recent visit to Australia Zoo. Sixty-seven soldiers from the Royal Australian Artillery’s 105 Battery 1st regiment, also known as ‘The Mighty Tigers’ visited Australia Zoo to meet their real-life mascots, Sumatran tiger cubs Hunter and Clarence.
Rapidly-growing cubs Hunter and Clarence mingled with the army unit and put on a show for the group, with adventurous Clarence scaling the enormous artillery. From the top of the weaponry, Clarence posed for photos and showed the guys who’s the boss on Australia Zoo turf!
The 105 Battery unit which first formed 1916 proudly hold the tiger, and all that it stands for, as their mascot. Drawing many similarities between the soldiers and the tigers, it is clear why the unit wanted to get on board with Australia Zoo’s Tiger 511 program.
Hunter and Clarence are critical to the global captive breeding program and with fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, they need all the help they can get. The Tiger 511 program raises much-needed funds for conservation work on the ground in Sumatra, to protect tigers from poachers and other threats to their existence. The concept behind the program is that it costs $5 to save 1 tiger in the wild for 1 day.
The 105 Battery Unit will sell Tiger 511 wrist bands to support the program. The unit also generously donated a framed 105 Battery shirt complete featuring their tiger mascot to the Australia Zoo tiger team.
You can support tiger conservation, just like The Mighty Tigers. Find out more today here: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/wildlifewarriorstiger511