May plays at 'save the tiger' concert

4th Mar 2013

Queen guitarist Brian May has taken part in a concert to raise money to help endangered tigers in India, China and other parts of Asia.

May teamed up with West End star Kerry Ellis for a free gig at St Pancras station in London to launch the start of Tiger Tracks, a month-long initiative from Save Wild Tigers, which is working with the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency.

May and Ellis teamed up to perform a number of songs to help raise funds to reverse the world's declining tiger population. The animals are closer to extinction than one might imagine as it has been estimated there are now only 3,500 wild tigers left in the world compared to 150,000 at the start of the 20th century.

The concert at St Pancras International's Grand Terrace was a great way to start fundraising activities for the cause, which will culminate on March 21 with a champagne reception event at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

The Born Free Foundation will use money raised to support tiger preservation initiatives in the Satpuda forests of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in India.

A statement from the foundation said: "The Satpuda forests offer perhaps the best hope for India's remaining 1,700 wild tigers. Constituting several tiger reserves connected by forest corridors, this is the largest viable block of tiger habitat in India."

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