Eastern & Oriental Express fundraiser helps Christmas pull into the station early for our Tiger Campaign!

A tiger-themed takeover of the world famous Eastern & Oriental Express has given a major financial boost to our work to protect the magnificent, endangered big cats.

The high-profile event in September, organised by Save Wild Tigers, comprised a six-day journey from Bangkok, in Thailand, through Malaysia and ending in Singapore, travelling through traditional tiger territories in South-East Asia.

Chinese artist Jacky Tsai brought a vivid splash of colour to the journey by repainting two of the train’s carriages with his tiger-inspired art.

At the end of the journey,  a reception was held at the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where an auction took place for an original Jacky Tsai artwork, pictured right, to raise further funds.

This week, we were both delighted and grateful to receive £18,670 towards the important work of our Tiger Campaign.

Save Wild Tigers and its founder Simon Clinton have been passionate supporters of our work for a long time now, raising funds to help keep us active and effective in the field since 2011.

Debbie Banks, our Tiger and Wildlife Crime Campaign Leader, said: “Our sincere thanks go out to Simon, Jacky and all at Save Wild Tigers, whose hard work and contributions made this colourful event possible.

“Not only did it raise essential funds for our work to investigate and expose illegal trade in tiger parts and products, tiger farming and the people behind this trade, it also proved to be a success in spreading awareness of the plight of tigers, now numbering about 4,000 in the wild.”