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Welford to join Woburn tiger conservation drive

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Leicester Tigers club mascot Welford will meet the real things at Woburn Safari Park this weekend to help the cause of endangered tigers in the wild.International Tiger Day takes place next week and to mark it Welford will attend a special charity event at the safari Park on Saturday (July 25). He will join the tiger mascots from both Woburn, named Tala, and Taylor Wimpey, known as Taylor Tiger. The event is in support of the Amur Leopard and Tigers Alliance’s Amur Tiger Conservation Project. It will include Tiger-themed games in the Visitor Enrichment Centre, face-painting and a raffle with some special Leicester Tigers prizes. There will also be a reading of the classic children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Visitors will be able to meet Welford and have their photo taken with the cuddly mascot. There will also be a chance to join the Junior Tigers Club and receive a free Tigers flag. And to mark International Tigers Day, Tigers have teamed up with our friends at Woburn Safari Park for a competition to win a family day out at Woburn Safari Park. The competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday, August 5. Click here to enter. The tiger house at Woburn, supported by Taylor Wimpey North Thames, is home to four Amur tigers from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). There are an estimated 400-500 Amur tigers in the wild in eastern Russia.  They face a number of threats, mainly poaching and loss of habitat, and the EEP is playing an important role in trying to preserve the species and prevent its extinction. The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance is also working to prevent the extinction of the Amur leopard and tiger as well as their habitat, in the wild and in captivity, through education and conservation. Click here for more information about the Amur tigers at Woburn Safari Park.