The Tiger Foundation was created in 1996. It was inspired
by one child's innocent concern for what is perhaps the world's
most charismatic, yet misunderstood animal. While traveling
through China in 1994, the Romero family encountered a market
stall selling wild animal parts. One of them was a tiger paw...
Tanya Romero was born in 1986, the
Year of the Tiger, and has always had a special interest in
tigers. Tanya was so disturbed by the sight of the tiger paw,
that together with her sisters Natasha and Layla, she asked
her family if they could do something to "help save tigers."
Their parents saw this request as an extraordinary educational
opportunity for their daughters; not knowing that the commitment
they were about to make would eventually transform their lives.
Together, they began to learn about the tiger's desperate
plight. Shocked by all they discovered, the Romero family
went on to formulate an action plan and organized a like-minded
team of friends and business associates from Australia, Canada,
Indonesia and the USA.
Between 1996 and 2006, The Tiger Foundation was a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of wild tigers. Other than the field staff, everyone was a volunteer. We were committed to implementing pragmatic conservation solutions. The foundation had virtually no overhead expenses; its many supporters and partners donated office space, equipment, printing, travel, legal advice, accounting, auditing, public relations, writing, graphic design, web site development services and administrative support.
Our goal is simple in concept, yet complex in execution: To
help prevent the extinction of wild tigers. We believe that
by bringing together a worldwide network of talented individuals,
corporations, organizations and governments that care about
wild tigers, and by focusing on a few simple, well-conceived
and cost-effective programs, we will make a meaningful contribution
to tiger conservation. Please join us on our odyssey...
Romero in China in 1994 with the tiger paw that inspired
The Tiger Foundation.