Why you should watch what you Tweet (and Facebook!)

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Why you should watch what you Tweet (and Facebook!)

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms aren’t add-ons to our lives anymore.  They’ve taken on a life of their own, infiltrating every aspect of our lives.  They say a photo tells a thousand words, but in conservation, a photo without fact is pretty useless.  How many times have you mindlessly shared a photo or article without delving into the facts?

Some things to consider before sharing online.

  • If you want to make contact – please ensure that you contact us directly through email or in a private message so we can respond.
  • Tagged posts in Facebook or on other social media platforms are not a reliable means of contact.  Simple typos may lead to serious miscommunications.
  • Sharing a piece of information when you are unclear of its origins, is dangerous.
  • We appreciate that when you care passionately about a cause, you may wish reach out to as many people as possible, bear in mind, sometimes this can be counter-productive.

It may seem that sharing certain photos, statements and assumptions will help the cause and save tigers.  Unfortunately, conservation is much more complex than this.

We’ve been supporting wild tiger conservation in Sumatra for over a decade.  It’s an island twice the size of the entire United Kingdom, with a population of 50 million, a complex Government hierarchy as well as being home to areas of the richest biodiversity in the world.

In Sumatra, all tiger conservation projects work closely and in collaboration with the Sumatran Government in protected areas, like Kerinci Seblat where the projects we support are based.  The best people to respond in an emergency are those based in Sumatra, and we are happy to relay messages if we can help.

Our position is, and always will be to support long-term programmes that work with local communities, conservationists and the Sumatran Government.  Donating to 21st Century Tiger guarantees that your money is spent on carefully vetted projects that offer the best conservation value and make the most difference.