Hull City entered into a partnership with WWF back in 2017, with funds raised from the partnership allocated to the WWF’s Tx2 global tiger conservation programme.
The Tx2 programme aims to double the number of global wild tigers by 2022 (the next Chinese Year of the Tiger), compared to the population in 2010 and works across national boundaries in 13 countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam. WWF is achieving this through policy asks, ranger training, new technology and tackling the illegal wildlife trade.
To put the programme into context, a century ago there were believed to be around 100,000 tigers in the wild. More recently, estimates suggested that number had dropped to an alarming 3,900 – a figure lower than the number of seats in the North Stand at the KCOM Stadium! Through our partnership with WWF we hope to increase that number and last season saw our first team players proudly wear the WWF logo on the front of their playing shirts for a dedicated home game against Sunderland, with those shirts then auctioned off to raise funds for the Tx2 programme. Our Academy sides have continued to wear the WWF logo on their kit this season, with fans also having the option to add the logo to any junior kit they buy through our retail stores.
At Monday’s home game against Sheffield United, our partnership will continue to be highlighted and we’ll also celebrate the recent launch of ‘Our Planet’, a ground-breaking show released on Netflix. Showcasing the world’s rarest animals and most precious habitats, ‘Our Planet’ takes viewers across the globe and offers a glimpse into some of the most far-reaching places on Earth. It includes all the elements of the perfect nature show: incredible shots, unique wildlife, and even the voice of WWF Ambassador, Sir David Attenborough – but Our Planet is like no other! Find ‘Our Planet’ on Netflix tonight!
For details of how you can help in the quest to double the number of global wild tigers, see opposite page or visit www.wwf.org.uk