Saving the Chinese Tiger, with Li Quan
LI QUAN has devoted many years of her life to leading a program which seeks to restore the native habitat of the Chinese Tiger and ensure its survival
The Chinese tiger's numbers have been reduced by up to 95 per cent since 1900. Poachers continue to poison waterholes or set steel wire snares to kill tigers and tiger prey, selling their skins and body parts for use in traditional Chinese medicine.
Less than 30 Chinese Tigers South China Tigers still exist in the wild and around 60 live in captivity. The Chinese Tiger is commonly believed to be the direct descendent of the ancestral tiger which originated in China two million years ago. In 1998, China established the Meihuashan Chinese Tiger Rewilding & Reintroduction Center, and Li Quan started seeking support for Meihuashan internationally from 1999.
Director of China Tiger Revival, Li Quan (全莉) is a Beijing-born tiger wildlife conservationist who lives in London. She is credited with the concept of rewilding in the promotion of tiger conservation. This ensures zoo-born tigers develop hunting and other survival skills in a controlled natural environment prior to their return to the wild.
She initiated the world’s first such experiment by rewilding South China tigers in collaboration with the State Forestry Administration of China at the Laohu Valley Reserve in South Africa. The concept was initially controversial, but it is now widely accepted as a viable strategy for wildlife conservation by many mainstream wildlife organizations including the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Quan has founded several charities related to tiger and wildlife conservation. She is now a director of China Tiger Revival. Prior to devoting herself to wildlife conservation she was global head of licensing at the fashion house Gucci. She is a graduate of Beijing University, and holds a dual MBA/MA degree from the Wharton Business School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.