How much did Mike the Tigers habitat cost?

$3 million
In 2005, a new $3 million habitat was created for Mike. The Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) raised funds, entirely from private sources, to subsidize the construction project.

How much does LSU spend on Mike the Tiger?

At a cost of approximately $950,000, the project was fully funded through the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Many of the enhancements were made possible through a generous donation from Kelly and Harper Spears.

Is Mike the Tiger well taken care of?

Mike Is Very, Very Well Cared For At LSU LSU has an excellent veterinary school, and by all accounts, Mike has wonderful, devoted caretakers. When Mike VI was diagnosed with cancer, he was actually treated at a human facility.

Is Mike the Tiger a rescue?

Mikes IV, V and VI were all donated to LSU from rescue facilities. LSU has not purchased a tiger since Mike III in 1958, and LSU does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers.

What do they feed Mike the Tiger?

Mike’s food is a formulated zoo carnivore diet, the same commercial food used for most of the large cats at the zoo. It comes in 5 lb. logs and has the consistency of hamburger meat. It consists of beef (two varieties), and all the necessary vitamins and minerals to maintain Mike’s ever growing needs.

Which college has a real tiger?

Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is represented by its mascot, a live tiger named Mike the Tiger.

Is LSU mascot a real tiger?

About the LSU Live Mascot Program LSU has had a live tiger since Oct. 21, 1936, starting with Mike I, who was purchased from the Little Rock Zoo. Mike II was purchased from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, La., and Mike III was purchased from the Seattle Zoo.

What breed is Mike the Tiger?

Mike VII was born September 13, 2016 and has both Siberian and Bengal characteristics. He was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Fla., called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.” Mike the Tiger is cared for by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and his personal veterinarian, Dr.

Can you pet Mike the Tiger?

Mike the Tiger is cared for by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and his personal veterinarian, Dr. David Baker, oversees his overall healthcare and well-being. The habitat is located on LSU’s Campus down North Stadium Rd. *Please do not bring pets or stuffed animals to Mike the Tiger’s habitat on LSU’s Campus.

Does LSU own a tiger?

Celebrating 85 Years of Mike 2021 marks 85 years for LSU’s live mascot program. Mike I arrived on campus on October 21, 1936. Our current tiger is Mike VII (pictured).

What is Mike the Tiger’s name?

Mike IV. Mike IV was born at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., on May 15, 1974. He was donated to LSU on August 27, 1976, by August A. Busch, III of Busch Gardens.