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Save China's Tigers

Li Quan
Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006
Olympic House

Saving China's Tigers
Li Quan
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
2/F Olympic House
So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome Li Quan to lecture on Saving China's Tigers. Li is the driving force behind efforts to rescue the endangered South China Tiger subspecies from extinction. Due to human elimination and habitat destruction, there are less than one hundred left today, estimated between 10 and 30 in the wild, remote and mountainous areas south of the Yangtze River and about 60 in zoos. The rewilding and reintroduction of the South China Tigers poses enormous challenges. By working for solutions, Li Quan is ensuring this big cat's survival thought to be impossible by many. A chance visit to the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia to pursue the illusive leopard embarked her personal vocation to save the South China Tiger. In order to succeed with this challenge, Li devised a radical plan that has divided the world of conservation. She reached an agreement with the Chinese conservation authorities to take some of the last remaining captive born South China Tigers out of Chinese zoos and send them to South Africa to breed and rewild, in order to reintroduce them to China's wild. The Chinese Tiger Reintroduction Project entails two main projects: the Chinese Tiger Rewilding Programme and the Chinese Tiger Pilot Reintroduction Reserve in China. The agreement is a first for the Chinese government drawing on skills and experience from scientists from Southern Africa who have previously worked successfully in bringing species back from the brink of extinction. On 2 September 2003, two South China Tiger cubs were sent from China to South Africa in the first rewilding project. In October 2004, two more South China Tiger cubs were sent over. Li has secured 300 square km of land for this historic and scientific project and has established the Chinese Tiger Rewilding Center at the Laohu Valley Reserve. Laohu Valley Reserve is located on both sides of the Orange River in the Free State and Northern Cape Provinces of South Africa. Since the translocation of the tigers to South Africa, two sites for pilot reserves in China have been identified, one in Zixi County of Jiangxi province and another in Liu Yang of Hunan. Restoration of the habitat is taking place under the guidance of experts, where indigenous Chinese wildlife, prey animals and other predators are being reintroduced into rehabilitated indigenous habitat, in preparation for the Chinese tigers' return from South Africa. Those Chinese Tigers that have successfully regained hunting skills and are able to survive independently in the wild in South Africa would be reintroduced back to China to the first Chinese tiger pilot reserves, starting from 2008 to coincide with the hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games. Beijing born, with Bachelor's degrees from Beijing University and MBA/MA from Wharton School of Business and the Lauder Institute, Li Quan worked in the design business in Italy prior to founding the charitable foundation. She was head of worldwide licensing for the Gucci Group. She has been working solely on this tiger project since 1999. Given Li's culture and business background, previously working at the top of industry, she is both the guiding force for the charity, and the bridge between east and west. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.

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