Imagine having a tiger at school! – Being able to protect it and feed it, look after it and learn from it. It might sound bizarre but not at all in the mind of a child – and is, in fact, exactly what the children were discussing in one of our recent student council meetings. It was decided that whilst we wouldn’t be able to keep a tiger at school (it’s not very practical) we can, however, support those who make it their mission to protect and preserve wildlife, by adopting a tiger. And of course, we’d be supporting the tiger itself.

St Andrew's Montessori nursery adopt a tiger

Wild tiger populations have declined by around 95 per cent since the beginning of the 20th century. There’s now estimated to be around 3,900 wild tigers. Each tiger has a unique set of stripes – like a fingerprint – and this makes them identifiable in the wild. Currently, tigers only occupy less than 6 per cent of their global historical range and is officially classed as endangered by the” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>IUCN.

The children are so pleased that they can do their part to help look after tigers living in the wild. By donating a small amount to the World Wildlife Fund each month, we help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor tiger movements, reduce poaching and help people to realise benefits from living in close proximity to wild tigers.

We received an amazing ‘thank you’ package in the post that included a cuddly tiger teddy and a fact pack with facts, bookmarks and stickers. This makes the adoption process tangible for the children, who look forward to updates on their tiger three times a year. If you’d like to find out more about adopting a tiger, visit