One Way to Help Save a Species: Milk a Tiger

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Gail Hedberg Makes a Splash

One Way to Help Save a Species: Milk a TigerSafari West Wildlife Foundation board member Gail Hedberg is in the news! Alongside her role with our partner foundation, Gail is also a neonatal animal care specialist. In this specialized role, she travels the United States, assisting little ones in need. Recently, she found herself at the San Francisco Zoo, working with a pregnant Sumatran tiger.

During the pregnancy, Gail and her associates trained the tiger mom to position herself on a platform that allowed the team to perform ultrasounds. After giving birth, the new mama tiger continued to use the platform, this time allowing Gail to extract small samples of milk. The project caught the attention of writer Catherine Zuckerman, then hard at work on a piece for National Geographic.

Follow the link below to learn about the amazing Conservation Biology Institute and the amazing work of Gail Hedberg. Conservation comes in many forms and we’re so proud of Gail for helping the fight to save species in this unique and valuable way.

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Jared Paddock

Jared Paddock

Safari West staff and conservation writer.