Heal Our Planet Earth
Houston, TX, 2004
North American Educational Outreach
has given his Tigers Forever slideshow
to over 150,000 students on three continents.
Cultivating a whole new generation of
Houston, TX, 2004.
Houston, TX, 2004
Houston, TX, 2004.
Minneapolis, MN, 2003.
Rochester, NY, 2003
Boston, MA, 2003
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Reaching students by the thousands by video outreach
AM relates to children on their level.
Some of the 150,000 children around the world directly reached by Anthony Marr.
1997-10-01-3 News Leader, Burnaby, BC
[Gilmore students join efforts to "Save-the-Tiger"]
"… ‘Unless a huge conservation effort ignites now, the tiger will be extinct in the wild by the year 2004…’ said Anthony Marr… who gives the slideshows to the schools. ‘Some adults say, "How many tiger are there in Canada? Why should we be bothered? Go ask the kids.’…"
1997-10-04-6 The Peace Arch News, Surrey, BC by Tracy Holmes
[Care for the cats]
"Save the tiger.
"That was the message students of Peace Arch Elementary received at a presentation by… Anthony Marr…
"Under the watchful eyes of a 50-foot inflatable tiger, the kids learned the only 4,000 tigers remain in the wild, and that some subspecies totaled less than the number of students in the gym.
"But, ‘I do not believe the tiger is doomed,’ Anthony Marr told the kids. ‘The reason I believe this is because nobody has ever asked kids like you to help out. If we can get kids around the world to say, ‘I want to save the tiger’, I believe the tiger will be saved.’…
"He also asked them to come to the Save-the-Tiger Walk at Stanley Park Oct. 18."
1997-10-08-3 The Vancouver Courier by Gudrun Will
[Students take tiger by the tail]
"High school environmental club rallies behind animal activist.
"An auditorium full of Kitsilano high school students roared in appreciation…
"Inspiring youth, Marr believes, is the only hope to save the rapidly diminished species…"
1997-10-16 The Westender, Vancouver
[Halloween fun, Tiger Walk set]
"… The WCWC has organized Save-the-Tiger Walk ’97…"
1997-10-19-7 The Province, Vancouver
[Walking for wildlife]
"Hundreds of concerned people took part in the ‘Save-the-Tiger Walk’ in Vancouver’s Stanley Park yesterday. They were walking to raise money to protect the dwindling number of tigers left in the wild."
1997-10-19-7 Ming Pao Daily News (Chinese), global
[1,000 people walk to save 4,000 tigers]
"WCWC’s Save-the-Tiger Walk attracted over 1,000 children and their teachers and parents, and raised $20,000…"
1998-02-24-2 The News, Parksville - Qualicum Beach, BC
[WCWC’s Bear Man returns to QB]
"Anthony Marr will be in Qualicum Beach next Tuesday, presenting slides of his two recent trips to India…
"Marr has stirred up a media storm…
"Marr will be ‘Champions of the Tiger’ in Omni-Film’s Champions of the Wild series on Discovery Channel this fall…"
1998-02-24-2 Comox Valley Echo
[Saving the Tiger theme for slideshow]
"… Please come out to witness the beauty of these magnificent animals and celebrate the ray of hope that Anthony brings us."
1998-02- The Free Press, Nanaimo, BC
["Champion of the Tiger" visits]
"The ‘Champion of the Tiger’ will share his story with Nanaimo…
"The slideshow starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Maffeo-Sutton auditorium… on March 5…"
1998-11-26-4 Nelson Daily News by Bob Hall
[Kids in the tiger’s grasp]
"Anthony Marr… is touring area schools this week promoting the Save-the-Tiger campaign. With the help of the Nelson Youth Environmental group who put on a play of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax followed by Marr’s slideshow… Wednesday morning, Marr talked to Hume Elementary School students in front of a 12 foot high, 50 feet long inflatable tiger prop. To bring further attention to the issue there will be a Save-the-Tiger Walk-a-thon this Saturday at Lakeside Park starting at 11 a.m. For more information contact the Nelson Eco-Centre."
1998-12-02-3 Trail Daily News by Lana Rodlie
[WCWC shares extinction fears with area students]
"… Bring the message about diminishing tigers to area schools, Anthony Marr is hoping to save the tiger, one child at a time…
"Pointing out how every living thing affect the life of something else, he asked the children, ‘How many cows do you think live in India?’
"Would you believe 350 million?
"Cows eat grass. Deer eat grass. Tigers eat deer. If the cows eat up all the grass, what do you think will happen to the deer, and the tiger?…
"‘Still, if you go into an Indian national park, you’re not allowed to touch anything, take anything, not even pick a blade of grass. But would you believe in a BC park, you are allowed to kill grizzly bears
1999-06-02-3 The Daily New, Nanaimo, BC by Valerie Wilson
[Students learn plight of the tiger]
"… Anthony Marr… warns tigers are disappearing at al alarming rate. He is in Nanaimo this week to ask area school children to save the tiger from extinction.
"‘Your voice is important and you must speak out,’ Marr told students of Uplands Park Elementary Tuesday. ‘You are very powerful if you want to make some changes in the world.’
"Marr has been back in BC for about a month, after a 10 week working stint at tiger reserves in India. He brought home with him a breath-taking slideshow of the country’s landscape, tree and plant life, birds and animal life, and of course, photographs of the tiger he viewed at India’s Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Ranthambhore tiger reserves.
"‘A question I am asked often by adults is there are no tigers in Canada, so why should we be bothered.,’ Marr told student.
"‘Very simply. The tiger is one of most beautiful animals in the world. If it becomes extinct, our world would be much less beautiful place. We all lose.’.."
1999-06-07-1 Nanaimo News Bulletin by Erin Fletcher
[A tale of 4,000 tigers]
"Children hold the key to the survival of the endangered tiger, says tiger conservationist Anthony Marr…
"To spread the word about the plight of tigers, Marr was visiting Nanaimo schools last week with a slideshow presentation, video, and a discussion in the hopes to stimulate an interest in tiger preservation among local youth.
"Marr has been involved with tiger conservation since 1994. His passion takes him into the depths of India where he works to educate and promote the preservation of tigers…"
Dwindling tiger population has activist warning about grizzlies
Martin van den Hemel, Staff Reporter
With Asia’s tiger population on the brink of extinction, conservationist Anthony Marr made a dire prediction that the same could happen to B.C.’s grizzly bears if action isn’t taken soon.
Marr, founding director of HOPE-GEO (Heal Our Planet Earth—Global Environmental Organization), gave an in-depth 90-minute slide show presentation to about 70 students at London Secondary school Tuesday, during which he drew a parallel between the dwindling habitat of the magnificent striped tiger in Asia and the encroachment of man on B.C.’s bear habitat.
In 1900, the range of the Asian tiger stretched through southeast Asia, from India eastward. At the time there were an estimated 300,000 tigers in the wild and eight subspecies, including the Caspian Tiger, the Bengal Tiger, the Javan Tiger and the Bali Tiger.
But in the early part of the century, tiger hunting, deforestation and development severely shrank the tiger’s range and numbers down to just 100,000 tigers and seven subspecies by 1940.
By 1970, another subspecies of tiger, the Caspian tiger, had disappeared and the numbers further dwindled to just 15,000. The estimated population in 1997 was just 4,500 tigers living in remarkably tiny ranges.
Marr told London Secondary students that the hunting of bears in B.C. is putting a serious dent in the population. And if people wait until the numbers drop to the level of the Asian tiger, that may be too late.
In southeast B.C., the grizzly bear habitat has been severely been impacted and encroached upon by logging roads.
Although the province estimates the Grizzly bear population at between 10 and 14 thousand, some biologists feel that number could be as low as 4,000.
In India, deforestation has left huge scars on the once lush and verdant countryside. With a population of one billion people, 400 million cows and millions of goats, the land has become overgrazed and may result in an immense famine in the coming years.
For the tiger, the future is looking bleak, with conservationists like Marr hoping to make a difference before it is too late. India’s population is being taught alternatives to chopping down trees and using alternatives like solar devices for cooking.
Students were told that they too can make a difference by writing letters to political leaders and the leaders of other countries about their concern.
Marr will be making other presentations to Lower Mainland students in the coming weeks, including Hugh Boyd on Jan. 25 and Cambie Secondary on Feb. 12.
Conservationist looks for others to continue the fight
By Darah Hansen ([email protected]
Anthony Marr is on a mission. He’s out to create a whole new generation of people who care about the fate of tigers and grizzly bears.
"That’s exactly why I’m going to the schools," said Marr, a Vancouver resident. "There are too few wildlife conservationists in my generation."
In the past few months, Marr, a vocal and sometimes controversial conservationist, has visited dozens of high schools across the Lower Mainland in an effort to raise awareness around and interest in endangered wildlife. Included in his lecture circuit recently have been two Richmond high schools, London secondary and Hugh Boyd.
With a slide show of his recent trips to India where he works with the environmental organization HOPE (Heal Our Planet Earth), Marr opens the presentation by exploring the dire situation of the Bengal tiger — whose numbers have been decimated by trophy hunters and poachers.
"At the turn of the century there were upwards of 80,000 tigers in India," Marr said. "By 1972, there were about 1,800."
Marr said efforts on the part of the Indian government to ban the tiger hunt for the past 30 years may prove to be "too little, too late."
Poaching — "The West wants their pelts. The East wants their bones and organs," he said — starvation, habitat destruction through deforestation and cattle overgrazing have left little hope for the tigers’ future.
Already three subspecies of the tiger are extinct. Another subspecies, the South China tiger, counts less than 400 animals to its numbers. Of the four subspecies left, the population remains weak at about 4,000 animals.
Marr doesn’t spare the young students the reality of the situation.
"The message is," he said, "that the wildlife situation is getting more and more urgent."
One of the province’s loudest voices in the move to ban grizzly bear trophy hunting, Marr also ties his presentation into the local situation.
In B.C., he said, government officials count 10,000 grizzlies in the population, while independent biologists put the figure much lower at between 4,000 and 7,000.
He wants Canada to ban the bear hunt now — "so the grizzly doesn’t go the same way as the tiger."
"The point is," he said, "if India banned the tiger hunt at 10,000, their situation would be much more savable."
Marr said he’s been thrilled at the response he gets from the majority of students who hear his lecture.
"I get an excellent response," he said.
He estimates that one out of every 100 students is encouraged enough to take action on the issue by joining an environmental group or starting one up in their own school.
Those are the students Marr hopes will go on to become professional conservationists some day, taking over the work from where he and his colleagues have left off.
"That’s the only solution in my mind," he said. "Creating new wildlife conservationists to take over from us."
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