Major report on tigers to be released Thursday at National Zoo

The most comprehensive scientific study of tiger habitat ever done will be released at a press conference at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. at 8:00 a.m., July 20, 2006. The study, produced by some of the world's leading tiger scientists contains startling new findings and calls for specific international actions to safeguard remaining populations from poaching and loss of habitat, as well as protection of the prey species that tigers need to survive.

A Sumatran tiger will be on display before and during the press conference. Photographs and B-Roll will be available.

Parking for media is available in Parking Lot C.

Live broadcasting access is limited. Contact the National Zoo's public affairs office in advance to reserve space 202-633-3083.

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 2006, 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Lion/Tiger Hill, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC

WHO: John Berry, director, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Jeff Trandahl, executive director, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Dr. Eric Dinerstein, chief scientist and vice president for science, World Wildlife Fund

Dr. John Robinson, Senior Vice President and Director of International Conservation Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. John Sidensticker, chairman, Save The Tiger Fund Council, senior scientist, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

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